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I think I'm suffering from depression - serious lack of motivation, fatigue, sleeplessnes and have considered ending it all (although I'm probably too much of a coward to actually do anything about that).
Whatever it is is down to "unrequited" (and very unsuitable) love for a much younger friend of the same sex. It's not sexual (I believe that I'm actually as near asexual as it's possible to be) but the person in question is the most beautiful I have ever met with a personality to match. We are good friends with at least two shared interests and have been on several trips away together. The person concerned has their own (straight) romantic interest.
Clearly I should "snap out of it" / "get real" but this just isn't happening. It's started to seriously affect my work and I just can't afford to lose what is quite a good job.
The person concerned is aware that I care deeply for them and seems comfortable enough with that - they also seem to accept that there is no (conscious) sexual element to all this.
Two of my best friends (one gay, one straight) are aware of the situation, and I certainly don't keep my love and admiration for the person a secret, I actually mentioned the situation to my boss at work a year or so ago too.
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