I have recently acquired parts for my PC build and will soon be building it. I had been building my anticipation with my friends but also with my siblings. Now a friend said he wants to build it with me and I have invited him to come over on the day.
Recently however, my elder brother also said he wants in and despite no issues being here, why should I exclude my little sister then? But that is a cultural thing that I cannot include her and my friend together.
The friend, being a gamer I felt, 'deserves' to be present as he'd appreciate the inclusion. My siblings, on the other hand, are not gamers or power users by a long shot. But they certainly are very interested in building it with me. They might not know the software and hardware or anything such but were very impressed by the beauty and aesthetics of the components I acquired.
My dilemma here was that I am in post-op recovery so I will not be able to handle the heavy items and the friend has assured he can do it. But when my brother has said the same, I decided that I would build the PC with my siblings, because I will be more comfortable with a family member having the liability over anyone else. This means that I now face the problem that I have to pull back the offer I made to my friend.
How do I uninvite my friend from building the PC together, without creating an awkward situation between us?
I want to let him down softly, making him understand why I changed my mind.
Our friendship is important to me and I don't want this decision to have a negative affect on our friendship.