You know the feeling, you have deep feelings for someone close to you: someone who trusts you and can share with you and ask you for advice, except you're labelled a friend. As if life was a poorly-written TV series, the plot is the same: they pursue someone who is clearly undeserving of this special person, yet you believe you're the right one for them.
Perhaps you're the nice guy/girl, who feels that if you're supportive and present in their life throughout good times and bad, they'll one day open their eyes and realize it's you who's right.
Or perhaps you're more assertive, and they know of your feelings, but they continue to pursue their interests, and you can't help but feel duty-bound to stand by them in case they fall.
Why is it that girls have the tendency to want to "save"/"change" someone?
Why is it that guys enjoy the chase more than the reward (which in cases like this, the prize is usually right in front of them)?
EDIT: If any of you have stories of escaping the friend zone, share!