Thanks for sharing your experience with us! My advice would be to first/always trust your inner guidance...listen to your gut feeling...if something doesn't feel right don't do it...if something feels right go for it. Second, I always think it's best to become friends with a guy first and get to know him better. You guys can talk more, hangout, get to know each other better... By being fiends first, you can make sure he is a good person that really cares about you and treats you right before you go beyond the friend zone. Also, don't let what your friends or other people think bother you. It's your life, do what makes you happy and what feels right! I hope everything works out for you! Good luck!