Me and my friend are arguing about a really stupid subject, and I told him it wasn't worth anything worth fighting about, but he continues to try and bring up the argument whenever he can. I told him I didn't want to argue but he keeps going. How do I break it up?
-Sick of Arguing
Ahoy, Sick of arguing! That can be really frustrating. Remember that even though the subject seems silly and unimportant to you, to your friend it may be the most paramount thing in the world! Maybe not that big, but because he keeps bringing it back up, it's obviously important to him. Some things will pass over if you avoid them, but because this problem keeps cropping up again and again, it may be better to talk about it. Next time it comes up, try straying the conversation away from an argument and just turning it into a open discussion about the issue. Who knows, you could discover that this is a front for a bigger issue he's worried about. Also, if there is something in the future that is really important to you but he keeps avoiding, you can remind him of this. Also, after talking about it, the topic may stop interrupting the pleasant of this friendship voyage. Good luck on your facing this barnacle in your friendship!