I think we can all collectively agree the friendzone both exists AND is a bunch of garbage.
Allow me to explain.
Yeah, it’s a shitty idea to think of friendship as a consolation prize. And it’s NEVER cool or acceptable to make someone feel guilty about not returning romantic feelings. Buuuuut at the same time, c’mon, let’s cut the bull. We’ve all been there at least once. And it sucks. It sucks so hard.
I’ve had crushes on friends a few times and even though unrequited longing after someone is like an elephant repeatedly stomping on your heart, I’ve found valuable lessons within that terrible stomping feeling.