Should I leave him alone or keep trying?

He's been distant ever since I said we should just be friends (he knows I want to be with him, but we couldn't figure out how it could work...which is why I chose friendship). I kept contacting him in the beginning and he started to ignore my messages and even canceled on me. I've stopped and we've communicated a couple times since (usually regarding something I can help him with). I miss him a lot, though, and want him back in my life. I realize things can't be how they were, but I hate not feeling close to him anymore. I know I can't have everything I want and I want to respect his feelings so what should I do? Should I continue to give him his space even though that means our friendship staying the way it is now or should I try to seek him out more? If there is a way to casually start talking to him more then I would love that. I miss him a lot and it's unbearable at times. I really do need brutal honestly, because I'm a mess and I've been more irrational than ever before.
Should I leave him alone or keep trying?
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