Don't get me wrong, I am a strong advocate of doing things in service of others, and you know why? Because it's selfish. Don't believe me? Think about the last time you donated money to a cause or held the door open for someone. How did it make you feel? A little self-righteous? Probably. Because doing things in service to others is a great way to make you feel better about yourself. The best part about it? You make their day better too. It's a win-win.
Instead of running away from being selfish and spending my entire life trying to prove that I'm not, I much prefer to embrace my selfishness. It's a wonderful gift to give yourself, to put your own oxygen mask on first, and to always trust your own intuition above the opinions of others. I wish I had discovered this gift sooner, but you know what they say, better late than never.
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." — Howard Thurman