We all have a lane in someone's life. We are their best friend, significant other, party buddy, work associate, enemy, and/or neighbor. There is an order that must be followed for the world to stay in balance.
Sometimes, our roles are momentarily upgraded and we begin to believe that our jump from casual acquaintance to confidante will become a permanent way of life. Yet, over time we realize that our position within their lives has not really changed that much at all. It is just that in that small window of time, their confidante was not around and so they made do with us.
Our egos seem to be the last to accept the truth. We throw tantrums about how they are taking us for granted. In reality, they do appreciate us...as long as we stay in our original lane.