When you really love someone, would you settle to stay just friends?

Anonymous
My question is simple & open for this discussion of course.

You fall in love with a friend of yours, you let them know how you really feel in the last couple of months, but they never thought of you being more than just a friend, & they definitely don't feel the same way too, specially when you know you almost have 0% chance of being more than friends. Even if that feeling has been for almost a year now. And it's almost impossible thinking about that person as just friends anymore no matter how hard you try to convince yourself there isn't anything else.

You love & care so much about that special person it seems impossible to let go. What would you do in this case?

Please consider that staying friends with someone you love might have several consequences on your futur life when being in love with someone that hard.

1- it will eat you alive frome the inside knowing you have no chance of becoming more than just friends.

2- you'll be hurting yourself everyday specially when the day comes & you find them with someone else so it might kill you emotionally.

3- you will be hurting only yourself thinking about that person everyday & keeping them all the time in you mind & heart when that person barely showing signs that they care about you not even 10% of what you're showing to them.

4- if you stayed friends it will be so hard for you to find someone else & if you did, you might ruin that relationship because of your love to your friend.

5- this friendship causes more harm than good
When you really love someone, would you settle to stay just friends?
1- Stay friends as normal (even though it's almost impossible thinking about that person as just friends)
Vote A
2- Stay friends & remove them from social media (so you limit yourself being hurt everytime they post new pictures or something new)
Vote B
3- Tell that person you can't be friends anymore (because it will ruin your future relationship staying friends with someone you have feelings for & that feeling & friendship is causing more harm than good)
Vote C
4- The same as the 3rd option plus delete their contact number from your phone
Vote D
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