Hey folks, Earlier this week, my ex and I broke up. In a turn of events from when things started (http://emptyclosets.com/forum/family-friends-relationships/222804-genuine-feelings.html), it turns out that he never felt sparks to start, and didn't either but they grew a bit over time. Anyways, it started out with me feeling blindsided, and after a couple days and us talking about it (and him being in my shoes for his last breakup) it's a little more mutual now. We're both very happy to have met each other and in a non-cliché way genuinely want to stay good friends for a long time. I feel like I'm currently trying to reconcile between him having been my boyfriend and him being a close friend, because I really do want to stay friends but I'm worried it'll make things more painful in the long run. And I definitely don't want to resent him at all because he's a wonderful person. We've talked/texted a couple times in the few days since the breakup, mostly to check in and make sure the other person is okay, but we're going to give it at least a week or so before we hang out or anything like that. Anyone have insight on how to make this work?