Whoever says that "it's hard to please everyone" is not making sense. It's utterly impossible to please everyone. And it clearly doesn't help if you're caught in a dilemma, between two parties protecting their own interests. Choosing either side can only cause your downfall, and sitting on the fence is not an option.
It's a life experience, I know. I just wished the emotional and personal stakes weren't as high as it turned out to be.
I have childhood flashbacks, and they are now all fond memories because nothing's at stake back then.