I Will Not Settle For Friendship With A Guy I Want A Relationship With

While some women are able to maintain friendships with men who have turned them down romantically, I am not one of them. I don't believe there is anything inherently wrong with this type of friendship, but personally, it does not bring me happiness. If I develop feelings for a guy who only views me as a friend, I prefer to end all contact with him rather than maintain a friendship.

1. I can't turn off my feelings

Sylvia Plath, the writer, once stated, "I like people too much or not at all," a sentiment that resonates with me. If I have strong romantic feelings for a guy, I find it challenging to suppress those emotions quickly. Trying to maintain a friendship with him will only cause me distress.

2. Friendship feels like a consolation prize

While I understand the value of friendship, in the case of unrequited love, it can feel like receiving a consolation prize rather than the desired outcome. It's like winning a luggage set instead of the main prize, which was a trip to Hawaii.

3. It's hard to destroy hope

Being around a guy who has rejected me romantically would only fuel false hope, which can be excruciating. I would constantly find myself yearning for him to change his mind, only to face repeated disappointment. This kind of emotional roller coaster is not something I am willing to endure.

4. I know what I want and won't settle for less

At first glance, cutting a guy out of my life because he is not interested in dating me may seem egotistical. However, this decision stems from my clear understanding of my wants and needs in life. I am not one to settle for anything less than what I desire, and friendship can feel like a step down from that. While friendship may be valuable, it is not what I was seeking, so it doesn't make sense for me to force it to happen.

5. It's self-preservation, not selfishness

The guy who rejected me was making a decision that was best for him. It was within his rights to choose not to be with me. However, I also have the right to prioritize my well-being and focus on what is good and healthy for me. It is not feasible for me to remain in a friendship that does not bring me happiness. My needs must take precedence in this situation.

6. I'm not fake

I value honesty and authenticity, and I don't have the patience to pretend to be someone I'm not. I refuse to put myself in a situation where I am meeting with a guy, pretending to be unaffected by my unrequited feelings, while inwardly seething. Instead, I would rather walk away from the situation entirely than subject myself to future discomfort. It simply does not make sense to put myself in those kinds of scenarios.

7. I have enough friends

I have plenty of friends in my life, and I do not feel the need to add a guy who has rejected me romantically to that list. It feels strange and forced, similar to trying to rekindle a friendship with an ex-partner after the awkwardness of a breakup. Some people are just not meant to be friends, and that's perfectly fine.

8. I won't remain stuck in my life

When I am romantically interested in a guy, it is easy for me to become consumed by him. If we become friends, it can cause problems. I may end up postponing meeting other guys because he will become a priority. I would waste time analyzing everything he has said or done, trying to discern if he is making a move. I do not have time for this kind of uncertainty. I prefer to move on to bigger and better things.

9. I don't recycle issues

Remaining friends with a guy I am interested in but who has rejected me is bound to create issues in our friendship. These problems will inevitably arise and force me to deal with them because I have developed romantic feelings. I do not want to be burdened with emotional baggage, which is why I cannot remain friends with my exes either. I want to get rid of it and move on.

10. Why must I be the one to compromise and change?

After being rejected, I will be the one who has to work harder to maintain the friendship. I would have to set aside my feelings, attempt to move on from the guy, and put in extra effort. However, why should a friendship be such a challenge? It is simply not worth the trouble.

11. I've learned from the past and don't want to go back

The reason I'm adamant about not being friends with someone I'm interested in is that I've been through it. I know how awful it is to want to be with someone who only sees me as a friend, to see them all the time and try to maintain a friendship while secretly feeling heartbroken. I won't put myself through that again. Rejection was beyond my control, but suffering isn't. No one's friendship is worth me going through hell or feeling sad all the time. I don't have to prove anything. I don't have to be the nice girl who agrees to be friends. All I want is to be happy, and I can achieve that by walking away.