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Last year, I finally realized that I was in love with a friend

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Last year, I finally realized that I was in love with a friend I had known since freshman year. We already spent countless hours together talking, attending events, and flirting, but those years I was wrapped up with more serious crushes on other people. I was also wrapped up in my schoolwork and academic ambitions. Unfortunately, we got together just before he graduated -- a year ahead of me -- and then he entered the Peace Corps in *********.   Having matured and realized the differences between love and lust, I have come to realize that he is the kind of person I want to marry. We share the same values, sense of humor, and balance between adventure and stability. He's in Peace Corps and I'm signed up for the Foreign Service, both similar career types. Now, I'm in my senior year, missing him more than I miss my best friends. I have gone to sleep every single night thinking about him, I wake up thinking about him, and I take hours away from my thesis just to reread our email exchanges. It took me 6 months to erase his last voice-mail on my phone. We are still in email contact under the agreement that it's friendly and no longer romantic.   We both agreed it would be silly to stay together; I'm going to graduate school and he's spending 2 years abroad. But, I lay awake at night wondering if I'm letting another opportunity with this person slip. I never admitted that I was willing to do long-distance because 1) I was afraid of rejection and 2) I didn't want to pressure him into anything that might hold him back from the experience. He also said he did not want to rob me of the experience of dating other people and being stuck in a relationship that could not be entirely fulfilling. However, I don't find dating thrilling unless I can picture marrying the person.   My question, finally, is how ridiculous am I for considering a two-year long distance relationship? Should I break our code of friendly-only chatter and bring up the relationship that was again? Or, given this has the potential to jeopardize a friendship, should I live and let live?
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