Hey everyone, so this moment has been a long time coming but I'm finally having to face it. I've been in love with this girl for the past year. It's been a huge source of stress and emotion for me. Over the course of the past year this girl and I have developed a friendship and the whole time I had a crush on her. There were times I thought she might like me too and I wanted to confess my feelings so many times, I even posted about it on here. Every time I wanted to tell her I liked her, I would chicken out, tell myself the risk of ruining the friendship wasn't worth it, and decide I needed to get over her. We became closer and closer friends and the feelings were always there. In my mind, she was everything I could want in a partner and I can't imagine someone better for me than her. I kept hoping she would realize what an awesome couple we would be, or that I could just fall for someone else. I tried to do the whole ###### thing, but I just kept going back to her. This week, thinking about going home from college for the summer, I just got so angry with myself for letting 6 months of her being single go by and I didn't say a thing. I came to the conclusion I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I didn't tell her about it. This is super corny, but I'm awkward when I try to tell people things sometimes, so I wrote it in a letter and gave it to her with this book I got her. This was the evening before we left to go home for the summer (two nights ago), and she told me she'd read it in the morning after we hung out one last time later that night. I think she had an idea what was going on at that point. We both got drunk and I got emotional as the night went on, kinda wondering if I would regret my choice. The next morning (yesterday), she sent a text and said she doesn't have romantic feelings for me. She was as nice as possible about it said she's glad I told her, she's proud of my courage, wants to stay friends because she likes me as a person and cares about me, but understands if I need space. This was basically the reply I expected, so I was surprised about how emotional it made me. I kept thinking about it all day and just randomly crying. I wasn't sure why I was so sad! I'm definitely glad I did it and I'm relieved because I needed that closure. But just seeing her say that she has no interest in me romantically and she knows I'll "meet someone else wonderful" made me feel sad and undesirable. I'm glad I don't have to see her for a while but I'm afraid of what's going to become of our friendship. I'm gonna trust her when she says she wants to still be friends with me, so I feel like it's up to me to prove I'm mature and respectful enough to handle this rejection. Has anyone been able to make friendships work when a crush was confessed and it wasn't reciprocated? Whether you were the one being rejected or the one doing the rejecting, were you able to make it work? My heart is just sad right now haha.