You gotta start with friendship. All relationships start somewhere. And personally I believe it’s important that you like someone as a person before liking them romantically. Because eventually the “butterflies” will fade away, so you gotta make sure you have a firm foundation beneath that.
Take that with a grain of salt because I’m in the same boat, but that’s personally what knowledge I’ve gained from my parents’ relationship. The warm and fuzzy feeling of love fades away, and you want to make sure that 20 years later you still love them as a person.
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