Politely declining an invitation can be a tricky tightrope to walk. It’s fair to assume that most invites are extended with good intentions and sincerity, but sometimes seeing them pop up across a plethora of digital platforms can evoke an involuntary shudder. On the one hand, there are plenty of reasons why you should grab that coffee, why you should go to that party, why you should do that task. But on the other, it’s perfectly fine to simply not want to do any of these things. You don’t need to have an elaborate reason or another obligation to fulfill—just not feeling inclined is enough. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Nine Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Jenny Odell The acclaimed author in search of lost time. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Amalie Smith The Danish arts writer finding clarity between the lines. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Ryan Heffington Meet the man bringing choreography, community and queer joy to the desert. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Nell Wulfhart Advice from a decision coach. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 49 A World of Difference A fun lesson in cultural faux pas.