We grow up thinking the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized. When you have a broken heart the first thing someone will ask is how long were you together? As if pain can be determined by how long you were with someone. Or if you were with them at all. I don't think that's how it works. I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It's just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfish and beautiful and kind. You are loving someone purely because you love them, not because you think you'll ever have the feeling reciprocated. You are admiring something for it's beauty, without needing to own it. Feel good about being that kind of person who loves selflessly. I think someday you'll find someone who loves you in the exact same way.