When someone you are crushing on doesn’t regard you as partner material and shuts down your romantic initiatives with “I value you as a friend” or “Let’s be friends.” Relationships can be challenging enough when both of you are into each other; you can’t force a relationship when only one of you has chemistry for the other. It’s no one’s fault, simply a fact of life. Painful as it might feel, years later you could end up thinking “Thank heaven that one didn’t work out.” Sometimes you’ll wonder about what if it had, but more often not.