Today I lost a friend, and I caused that loss. I’m sad. Actually, more devastated. She has been my very close friend throughout this year at university, but prior to that we were friends for about 3 years.
We were going to do a thing together, one that had major financial implications for me, and a lot of time investment from her. I decided it was not going to work for me, it was not something I wanted to do at all, I told her before she devoted herself to it. We’d both put some time into it, her more than I, and she’d put some money into it, but neither of us would lose a huge amount.
I decided it wasn’t going to work for me for a number of reasons, some of which were friendship problems (I didn’t think our friendship would survive the business relationship), and the other of which I would be putting in a lot of money that I would rather put to use elsewhere. Like a deposit for buying my first house. Or implement some new thing to help with my fibromyalgia or trigeminal neuralgia.
Talking to other friends (right now) is making me realise there were other cracks in our friendship long before now. There were controlling aspects, an imbalance in the dynamic of the relationship (I was assigned the role of helpless invalid which, at the time, I must admit I was, but it never changed as I became less helpless).
There was an issue wherein she demanded control over my actions and I did not cede to it, because my assessment of the situation was different to hers. This was a major point of contention, with her continually stating that I had a fear of losing control, that I did not trust her because I did not relinquish complete control to her, and that that was hurtful. I hadn’t realised until now how manipulative that is.
Okay, so I lost someone I felt was a very close friend because I put myself first in a situation that would have a major impact on me and said this is not something I am going to do. I want to keep the friendship, and I do not feel it will survive a business partnership, and I am unwilling to mix those. Therefore I will not do it.
She noped right out the door and locked it after her. And damn if that doesn’t hurt.