Listen, dude. I really like your advice. In fact, it’s the best advice I’ve heard on the matter. It is exactly what I should do. The problem is that it’s your advice. You came up with the idea. It’s not that I don’t like you. I do like you. You’re a good friend, but I just can’t use your advice. You see, I’ve got this thing. I have to come up with my own ideas. I have to figure out how to solve my own problems. If I just do what someone else tells me it feels like cheating. Cheating at life.
I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but I got this idea in my head that I had to be the one to figure everything out. I don’t mean that I have to go trying to solve all of the world’s problems. I know I’ll never do that. I do feel like I should be able to solve all of my own problems, however. It’s my life and it’s my responsibility to fix what needs fixing. If I take someone else’s advice it feels like plagiarism. Plagiarism of life.
Yeah, it’s stupid. I know. I’m working on it. There are lots of people out there who are smarter than me who have already solved the problems I’m dealing with. I should take their advice. I should plagiarize their life. I’m trying but I’m not very good at it. I’m getting better, I promise.
Don’t be offended if I don’t take your advice. It’s not you, it’s me.