I had a hard crush once...and still do tbh. We were decent friends and would playfully pick on each other. He seemed popular and was a year ahead of me in college. One night with some drinking led to us being alone and him whispering in my ear "I've had a crush on you for so long".
Flash forward and we've been dating for over a year and I got to watch him walk across the graduation stage with tears in my eyes and knowing how I'll go through my senior year without him there, but also knowing that I've found my soulmate and I couldn't possibly crush on him any harder.
Life really works in mysterious ways.