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To keep the peace with mutual friends, I’d kindly respond, like Kate suggested, that he journal his thoughts, no need for a written letter. That you appreciate him being honest and direct with you, and that you wish him well. But I’d keep it friendly like that; I wouldn’t tell him to never contact you again or anything.
Remember, because of his prioritizing, you too sensed this wasn’t working out and wanted to end it. I think you both realized, maybe, long-term you were looking for different partners? Maybe? And that’s OK, as hard as it is. I know a great guy is out there who is perfect for you, one who will make you feel valued and loved and who will want all the things you want, without you having to push for it, you know?
I hate dressing up and staying out late (and spending a lot of money!), so NYE is definitely not my favorite night. Last year I drank wine with my neighbor and then was asleep by 9. (I was also pregnant then but didn’t know it yet.) This year, I bet I’m asleep by 9 again. I used to get stressed out about NYE but then one day I just owned the fact that it’s not for me and I have had stress free NYEs ever since.
I look forward to when we are all in our 80s and eating dinner around 4 or 5 and playing cards all day long. I’ll be in my element.