Your journey is yours, their journey is theirs. They are both deserving of equal respect regardless of how far along anyone may be. Where they meet is great, where they don't meet is out of your control. When they clash, I give the same amount of respect that I hope to receive. And when they start needing me to change my path for their sake, I let go of whatever I'm holding onto that allows them to pull me. That doesn't mean letting go of them. It means letting go of whatever I'm doing that allows what their doing to bother me or derail me. Then that frees me to love and respect them for where they are in their journey and stop feeling ahead or behind them, because such perceptions create their own consequences.
Sometimes we don't know how our own journeys can create pressure for those around us and vice versa.