Thank you for your response, Chuck. You word how you've navigated this so beautifully! And, it makes me feel less alone in my experience.
I really appreciate how you know exactly where the boundaries are and what each connection means to you.
I also appreciate the reminder that this may be more typical for us HSPs and that it is probably more common now that we have such an active online culture.
It's interesting to think about--it's like the internet has sped up our connections on a metaphysical as well as technical level.