I hate how society has decided that an unreciprocated crush has to destroy a friendship.
Like, I get that it could make things a little awkward for a while, but it makes literally zero sense why it’s an established thing that people can’t be just as close with one another after admitting to a crush and being turned down.
I know that if someone I was good friends with admitted they had a crush on me and I didn’t feel the same I’d be really flattered and I’d be sure to let them down easy and stay friends with them. And if I were telling someone and I got turned down, I’d let go of those feelings pretty soon because I know they’re not shared. Gets rid of the awkward factor completely.
Hell, it wouldn’t even be that awkward at all anyway. You think I’m attractive and good boyfriend material? Fuck yeah, thank you! I may not feel the same way but it’d definitely make me feel good.
But no, of course, I’m always concerned that if I ever admit a crush to a friend, they’re going to take it the wrong way and it’s going to ruin everything, which sucks because I’d only ever develop a crush on some whose friendship is incredibly important to me.
How about we get rid of that shit and let friends stay friends even if one of them has or had romantic feelings for the other that weren’t returned?