It becomes all too easy to just go ”whatever” when someone treats you like shit because you don’t want to argue or confrontation isn’t your thing and that’s ok but at some point you need to set boundaries re what’s acceptable to you.
In my line of work, I constantly need to set them re time and energy that others expect me to give.
Yes I love my work and yes I will get my arse in the arena for those that need me to but I will not be used nor abused by those who don’t honour my rules of engagement.
It has taken years for me to get very clear on what they are and how best I need to set them for my own benefit.
While it can be awkward at first and I assure you it will piss others off but you need to do what’s best for you.
PS - those that don’t react well to your new found boundaries were those taking advantage of you in the first place