No amount of rational talk will make you change your mind. If you're interested in your BFF romantically, they can probably tell that something is up, anyway. They would tell you if you were headed into dangerous waters.
On the other hand, I’ve had a few opportunities to date my close friends, and I’ve passed on them.
For some reason I couldn’t see them in a romantic light after feeling platonic for so long.
You wouldn’t want to be like Julia Roberts in and not act on it until it’s too late!
They didn’t just jump into the sexual stuff, though.
One of them respectfully said to the other, “Hey- I think I’d like to be more than friends with you. ” It wasn’t like a few messy hookups led into them dating.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this classic movie (spoilers), Julia’s character realizes she’s in love with her best friend when he invites her to his wedding.
She tries to sabotage the relationship so he’ll be with her, but in the end, it doesn’t work out. In my experience, those of my friends who started dating after years of friendship are actually some of the strongest couples I know.