I'm so confused by this because I've heard most couples started off as friends first. Even if there was a girl I liked, I feel like i have to pretend to be her friend or just be her friend without showing interest at all and never ever ask her out. Only think of her as a "friend". Just smile at her and carry on business when deep down I have a crush on her. There was a time when I bumped into this girl who I remembered from high school that I had a crush on, and I really wanted to ask her out, because I didn't think I'd ever see her again. But I decided to keep things platonic and casual and let her go. Hey, be friends first am I right? so whenever I see a girl I like or think is cute I say "hi how are you" and then ignore her for the rest of the day or just leave her alone.