Is this sentence correct?

-> I first wanted to be what I am because I wanted to help people feel better.

I think this sentence is wrong because the time has not been set. So it is wrong to use simple past. So it would be better if it has written in present perfect. 

So the sentence below is better and more correct grammatically?-> I first have wanted to be what I am because I have wanted to help people feel better.

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  • sam
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    1 month ago
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    I first wanted or have wanted is not really common English.

    The only time I would use first is if you wanted to help people feel better at first, but now you don’t. 

    To be what I am is very poetic, but isn’t used in spoken English.

    I would probably say “I wanted to be this way, so that I could help people feel better.” 

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