Only one person can ever truly help you. That person lives between your ears: you.
Everything you’ve ever accomplished, achieved or been proud of was a product of your initiative and your hard work. No one can do for you. The only person who can ever really help you is you. One of my favorite quotes is by Dr. Seuss of all people: “Today you are you; that is truer than true. There’s no one alive who is youer than you.”
You’re the only person who can hold your head up. You’re the only person who can live out your dreams. You’re the only person who can feed you, after all, you can lead a horse to water, right? No person can ever be truly selfless. We are in charge of keeping ourselves in shape, feeding ourselves and following our dreams.
Our dreams are ours; no one can take them away from us. No one can pursue them for us. If your dream is to be selfless like Mother Theresa, then it’s selfish to pursue that dream. It’s your dream. You are pursuing something for yourself. Selfishness has such a negative sound and connotation to it, but it’s really what makes us such a great society overall. We all have dreams, and we all know what it will take to pursue them. Pursuing selflessness is a goal that makes you feel good; it’s selfish. We are all selfish. It’s innate. There’s no avoiding it.
Hold your head up high. You’re the only one who can. No one can follow your dreams for you. No one can learn for you. No one can help you more than you can help yourself. You do you. That’s the most important thing you can do in your life. Before you can love someone else, you must love yourself.