What the world needs is people who are living in a way that makes them happy. More than the world needs you to recycle, join the Peace Corps, or give to the poor, the world needs YOU to live your one life the way you truly want to. When you live life in a way that turns you on, you shine light in more ways than you could if you live trying to “do the right thing” or “succeed” or “be good” in ways that aren’t true to you. It may be the truest thing for you to join the Peace Corps, and if it is, let your heart take you there. It also may be the truest thing for you to decorate cakes. Your joy will awaken equally if what you choose is in accord with what you really want.. and joy naturally leads to compassion – which is actually the core of what’s needed in the world.
Remember the quote about how lighting someone else’s candle takes no light away from your own. It is not selfish to make sure your own candle is lit first – indeed, this is the only way you’ll be enabled to truly give.