I have a hopeless crush on a girl from my hometown. In high school, we were in a lot of classes together, and we even carpooled together since we were neighbors. We were always pretty good friends, but what with so many horny hot-but-shallow high school girls dividing my attention, I never really saw her as anything more than just a good friend.
Now that I'm in college, however, a lot of the "relationships" I thought I had built in high school turned out not to be as resilient as I'd hoped. Some of the people I'd called "friends" only ever idolized me as the genius-kid who got perfect scores on everything, causing their asian parents' wrath. Others, as it turned out, only used me for purposes only distance and cold experience allowed me to see.
So now, well into my sophomore year at college, I'm looking back and realizing how stupid I was for never making a move on this girl, who even now, is a true friend... pure... honest... kind... you name it.
Now the problem:
She goes to school nearby (our hometown), but I now go to school 3000 miles away. Distance and time-zones make communication tedious and a mutual friend has thoroughly advised me in not so many words to drop it because "long-distance relationships don't work."
Secondly, she's smart, very beautiful, and continues to be approached many a time by comparably smart and handsome guys. I'm not going to undersell myself as being an idiot, or being ugly, but I have some serious competition! -__-
Finally, she is Christian. While my parents, I hope jokingly, tell me I'm Buddhist, and I generally claim to be a "Deist," I am effectively atheist. While she is by no means an evangelist, (in fact she is extremely rational, curious, and empathetic to people of all backgrounds) the fact that I'm not Christian pretty much rules out any long-term prospects for a relationship.
Before making this blog post, I was leaning toward our mutual friend's advice... to go on with my life in hopes that one day I might find another... but after reading Dr. Helvetica's post, I looked deep within myself and thought, if only for an instant, that in this big and beautiful world fairy tales do come true. Siblings can be reunited, in both body and spirit... and sometimes love stories do end happily ever after.
So... should I put on my shining armor, mount my passion-propelled rocket-ship, and try to sweep her off her feet?
Or should I accept that pumpkins are just pumpkins, that I'm not her Prince Charming, and that my approach should be like everything else in my life: just... ordinary.
Poll: What should I do?
(Vote): Go for it, but not while sacrificing your convictions!
(Vote): Go for it, and convert to Christianity if you must, since you seem pretty open anyway.
(Vote): Give up while you still have your sanity. Christian girls + Atheist boys = no hope.
Edit: rewrote poll.