“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.” – Maya Angelou
I guarantee that everyone who reads this has someone in their life who regularly takes advantage of them. We all know these people. They involve us in their lives only when it is convenient for them.
I personally identify with this and have had many people take advantage of me over the years. Eventually I realized what they were doing to me and had to resist interacting with them knowing in advance what they would most likely do to me.
When people begin to expect you to do things for them rather than just appreciating what you do they no longer need to be a priority in your life. It is great to strive to please these people and help them, but setting boundaries and raising your standards is crucial to happy and healthy relationships. Some people are very manipulative and will turn you against your own thoughts as to make you take their side. People do this in a variety of ways ranging from lying, diverting, shaming, and playing dumb.
Analyze your relationships and see who is taking advantage of you. Those people no longer deserve to be your priority.