One never knows when the right person will come along. I always recommend starting with a platonic friendship, so you know you can trust the person, then if it turns into something more, great, but it doesn't have to.
The thing is, though, no matter how you approach a new relationship, there is always going to be a risk of a broken heart (or three). Sometimes you just have to have faith that the reward is worth the risk.
Good luck and pleasant dreams!