Need some experimental advice 😳

My friend and I have been besties for almost 7 years! And we've surprisingly only ever kissed. But recently she's been talking about wanting to have sex and do some stuff. She loves my ass and loves touching me too 😂 I mean I'm all for it. She's a very beautiful girl, but like idk. The thought it fun but actually doing it feels weird. I think it's my thought of eye contact and it being weird after wards. Does anyone have advice for me on this? I garuntee our friendship wouldn't be over if we did have sex, we're too close for that. But would it make it awkward forever? I'd like to experiment with a woman and see what's it's like since I never have. I need some advice before I make the next step 😩