The simple action you can take right now to change your life - Washington Post
Several years ago, I met a young man named Emeka Nnaka, who had been paralyzed playing football for the semipro team the Oklahoma Thunder. As I talked to Emeka about that experience, I noticed something interesting. The way he told the story of his injury had transformed over time — and this led him out of despair into a more positive, purposeful life.
Emeka is one of the people I interviewed for my book “The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters.” After reading through thousands of pages of psychology research and speaking to over a hundred people like Emeka about what gives their lives meaning, I found that one of the most important pillars of a meaningful life is storytelling.
Immediately after his injury, Emeka told himself a story that essentially went like this: My life was great playing football. But now, look at me. My life is basically over. But as the months went by, he started weaving a different story about his life. Reflecting on his life before and after he hurt himself, his new story became: Before the injury, “I partied a lot and didn’t think about others …. I was living a purposeless life. But my injury made me realize I can be a better man.”