Personal Narrative: Man's Search For Meaning

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“Man is capable of changing the world for the better if possible, and of changing himself for the better if necessary” (131). This quote from Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” resonates which my hopes and dreams for the future and can even provide some guidance through this difficult part of life, also known as college. Frankl says that, “According to logotherapy, the striving to find meaning in one’s life is the primary motivational force in man” (99). Throughout college, I have been searching for my meaning in life and feel like I have finally found it. The future was always something that I feared. Going into college, I didn’t really have an idea of what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I loved science, but that’s it. Over the past year and a half, I have grown so much as a person and it has led me to realize what I think is my meaning for life. But figuring out my goal didn’t start in college, turns …show more content…
I don’t feel that my only purpose in life is to work, I also dream of being a parent. Frankl says something in his book that I feel explains why I feel being a parent is part of my meaning in life. “The second way of finding a meaning in life is by experiencing somethingsuch as goodness, truth, and beautyby experiencing nature and culture or, last but not least, by experiencing another human being in his very uniquenessby loving him” (111). As a parent, you love someone unconditionally, you willingly give everything to them. I find such beauty in this, in the sacrifices one makes as a parent. I also think that as a parent, one has the ability to change the world. Simply teaching your children to be loving and accepting can help make the world a better place, but I also think that kids have the ability to make oneself a better person. I worked with kids this past summer and they taught me so about patience and the beauty of the