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    How to tell a friend that Iím not going to take her to the musical...

    Hi, all-

    Itís a long story really, but simple. I have a friend that really wanted me to take her to a musical that is coming to town. I told her a long time ago that I would take her when itís back in Lincoln. Now, itís coming back to Lincoln, but our friendship has just been tepid. She has blown me off several times and just doesnít really make an effort in the friendship. I decided that I wanted to maybe stop trying and putting in all of the effort and I also decided that I was going to take another friend to this musical. The first friend and I hadnít spoken for months when I made this decision. Of course, after I made this decision, she has reached out but she has never mentioned the musical which is at the end of this month.

    I definitely donít want to hurt her feelings but I also donít want to go with her.

    I would never normally ever go back on my word. There are a couple of possible choices (and getting her a ticket to go too isnít an option for many reasons):

    1) Tell her that Iím not taking her which will absolutely result in her never speaking to me again and never forgiving me. She is majorly triggered by anyone being more ďimportantĒ than her.

    2) Actually, I have no idea what the other options are. If I spare her feelings and tell her that I am not going and she ends up going and sees me there, that will be dishonest and not cool of me either.

    Any ideas? If you want to tell me what a bad friend I am, I promise you, I have gone balls out for this friendship. I put a LOT into it and gotten very little energy in return just FYI.

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    I think that since you made a promise, you should keep it, no matter how inconvenient it may be That's my input. ;)

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    How to tell a friend that Iím not going to take her to the musical...

    She hasnít asked about the musical... so just keep mum and move on. If she does ask, say something like ďoh, I forgot about that! We hadnít spoken for ages. What about meeting for coffee instead and catching up?Ē

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    Originally Posted by SarahLancaster
    I think that since you made a promise, you should keep it, no matter how inconvenient it may be That's my input. ;)
    Ugh, I am all about doing the right thing, Sarah, I really am. But I have already asked this other friend and really do want to go with her. I thought that maybe I could offer to take her to another show in another city while itís in Nebraska. Not convenient, but it would put it right. For example, the next day, itís two hours away.

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    I wouldn't mention a thing. If she does, call her out on how she's been treating your friendship. You can honestly let her know that you have taken offense to her lack of attention/communication. Give examples of being blown off, etc. She needs to hear it. And with all that you can tell her that you had already made arrangements to go with someone else. TBH there is nothing wrong with moving on and abandoning a friendship. There are times you just out grow each other, and go in you own direction. I myself have ditched friendships for various reason..and they were all healthy choices.

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    Originally Posted by mustlovedogs
    She hasnít asked about the musical... so just keep mum and move on. If she does ask, say something like ďoh, I forgot about that! We hadnít spoken for ages. What about meeting for coffee instead and catching up?Ē
    Great idea, MLD, but I know she will bring it up because she put it in her calendar basically, I kind of effed this up and either have to put it right somehow or just be okay with the fact that I donít want to go with her.

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    How to tell a friend that Iím not going to take her to the musical...

    Originally Posted by smackie9
    I wouldn't mention a thing. If she does, call her out on how she's been treating your friendship. You can honestly let her know that you have taken offense to her lack of attention/communication. Give examples of being blown off, etc. She needs to hear it. And with all that you can tell her that you had already made arrangements to go with someone else. TBH there is nothing wrong with moving on and abandoning a friendship. There are times you just out grow each other, and go in you own direction. I myself have ditched friendships for various reason..and they were all healthy choices.
    Yes, also a great point. We have just known each other for a long time and truly, I wouldnít call it a healthy friendship but I do love her and donít want to hurt her. But yes, I have felt on many occasions that I needed to move on from it which I how I felt when I made this decision. TBH, I really didnít even think we would speak again if I didnít reach out. But she reached out (of course!!) after I made the decision to walk away from trying to nurture our friendship and put in all of the effort.

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    These situations are difficult for me. Since she hasn't mentioned the musical, I would not mention it at all. Frankly it doesn't seem that she's very invested in your friendship at all. She appears to be more self-absorbed than anything else (your comment about her being triggered if anyone seems more important....). Ask your other friend to go, and enjoy the musical. It's unlikely you'd run into the 'original' friend but if you do, just smile, say hi, and keep walking.

    It seems that original friendship has run its course. And either way, you really don't owe her anything - you made the promise when your friendship was more solid, if I understand clearly. Also it was a "promise" about seeing a musical together - not a promise that you'd keep a deep family secret and now you're telling everyone. There are level of promises. Things change - friends often grow apart. Life is too short to throw ourselves at "friends" when we get little to nothing in return. Just my thought.

    Please keep us posted on what you decide and how things go. I wish you the best!

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    Originally Posted by mines
    These situations are difficult for me. Since she hasn't mentioned the musical, I would not mention it at all. Frankly it doesn't seem that she's very invested in your friendship at all. She appears to be more self-absorbed than anything else (your comment about her being triggered if anyone seems more important....). Ask your other friend to go, and enjoy the musical. It's unlikely you'd run into the 'original' friend but if you do, just smile, say hi, and keep walking.

    It seems that original friendship has run its course. And either way, you really don't owe her anything - you made the promise when your friendship was more solid, if I understand clearly. Also it was a "promise" about seeing a musical together - not a promise that you'd keep a deep family secret and now you're telling everyone. There are level of promises. Things change - friends often grow apart. Life is too short to throw ourselves at "friends" when we get little to nothing in return. Just my thought.

    Please keep us posted on what you decide and how things go. I wish you the best!
    Thank you, mines!!

    Yes, she isnít invested in our friendship. I know that we all have our lives and I have many friends, even my best friend who I donít talk to all the time, but we speak often and both put energy and care into the friendship. That is all I ask. That Iím not always the one putting in the effort to spend time. I do feel a little obligated to make up for this f-up on my part but I hear what you are saying and appreciate it!!

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    Go with the friend you prefer going with. Life is far too short to spend your free time with someone you feel ďtepidĒ about. Next time this type of thing comes about just answer something vague and donít make any commitments with one person. She sounds a tad full of herself anyway. No one wants to be around that.

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