Sometimes love comes around....or not
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You have to realise that liking someone and getting on well together does not automatically translate into a romance. Your friend has told you what he wants so pursuing a love relationship would be counterproductive. Use this alone time to re-examine your need for a relationship and discover what it is that you really want to achieve in life. I actually feel you didn't want this friend of yours in particular, but just to have someone love you and keep you from being alone.
Do you have somthing in your life about which you are passionate?
Men are usually good at letting it be known they want to persue a relationship with someone. If he said he just wants to be friends then unfortunately you have respect it. However, birds of a feather flock together. So maybe he can introduce you to someone you might like. He may be one degree of separation to someone special. No matter what, always stay positive