So today I had to reject a guy at worj that I really like as a person but I do not have any intentions to get involved with him romantically. He asked me on a date last time and I basically excused myself out of it without telling him any proper reason. I felt that I needed to be really honest with him because I respect him - I said something along the lines of "I love you as a person and I respect you, I love talking to you but I don't want you to get the wrong impression, this is a wrong timing.. and then I asked him if he's ok which was brobably dumb but oh well, I tried. I said that k still hope we can be friends. He only replied with one word answers and looked hurt but at the end he hugged me and I left so I reckon he took it alright. Do you think I could've said it in a better way? What even is the best way to reject someone without hurting them even more?