Admittedly, I am sensitive to my own issue...so reacting defensively was bound to happen. (I also have wicked anxiety that makes it nigh-impossible to not dwell on things.....I can't tell you how many edit and re-edits I made to my last post before I had to give myself the proverbial slap across the face to stop me from overthinking it more)
I suppose asking questions and hoping they equate to my situation is the wrong approach, because everyone's is different and there are no molds. I'm scared of what will happen with myself and this guy, and making up for mistakes and trying to feel things out in order to move forward is probably going to have several hardships. That's love for you, right?
Baby steps from here. Some part of me believes it's worth it, if even to remain close friends if nothing else.