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Reading Abbie M.'s eye-opening “Pursue Your Passions” completely turned me around. “I want to be a journalist for a newspaper or magazine,” Abbie wrote. Her passion matches mine, and I almost felt like it was me saying that. However, she had a clearer outlook on the prospects of this career, and I am grateful to her for unfogging my glasses.

I was close to changing my career plans; many told me of the hardships that would come if I chose a path toward journalism. I know what it feels like to have others discourage my dreams, especially people who are close to me. It is hard to reject their advice – especially if what they say is true – and try to keep my eye on the ultimate goal. But I have realized now that sometimes that is what you must do in order to be true to yourself.

I have this article tacked up on my bulletin board so I will never lose sight of my ambition again. Thank you, Abbie, for reminding me that it is okay to have a passion that makes me happy, and, more importantly, that it is okay to pursue it. Everyone needs the chance to dream, after all.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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