How long were your friends before dating
Is the possibility of losing your friendship worth the possibility of finding love with this person?
As friends, you’ve already passed that test with flying colors.
If you’re going to take the risk of changing how you interact interpersonally it needs to be for the right reasons.
If you are going to date you have to treat your new partner as a girlfriend/boyfriend not just a friend.
Friendship and partnership is what endures a lifetime.
Most happy couples I’ve interviewed stated a strong friendship attracted them in and keeps the relationship alive and kicking.