Lately, I find myself playing the role of "Adviceweasel" to certain people in my IRC groups. I know, it hardly seems like I'd be the best person to be doling out advice, least of all for things like making friends (friends? What friends?) or getting into relationships (*cough*). I mean, when I really only have one friend with numerous acquaintances through him, and have never been in a proper relationship, I'd imagine that any advice I'd give on subjects like that is highly suspect.
The thing is, I am seriously beginning to wonder about my own situation. I'm basically a recluse, since I don't have work, school, or anything resembling a regular schedule to keep me interested in leaving the house. I've been doing my own shopping lately, since the store isn't that far of a walk from home, but when I do, I find myself always using the self-checkout lanes and ignoring everybody, trying to speed things along so as to minimize the chances that I might end up in some kind of conflict. I rarely strike up conversation with anybody, because from my point of view, why bother? My tastes and interests are so non-standard that I seriously doubt I'd find anybody that's interested.
And yet, I feel almost completely the opposite when I give advice to anonymous strangers on the internet. If someone's being too demanding, I tell them in the most tactful way possible that they could phrase their wants a bit more politely. If they're complaining of difficulties speaking to certain people, I help them figure out what they've done wrong and how they could approach it differently.
So why can't I give myself my own advice?