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Major Crossroads

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Dear Minerva,

Good afternoon, ma'am. I appreciate you imparting your wisdom and no-nonsense quick wit as a public service to the masses and minions, who cling to your enthusiasm and fabulous influence.

I'm at a pivotal moment in my professional career. I'm an Army Reserve Officer close to promotion to Major, with an opportunity to serve on active duty. Though I love the Army and serving the American people, if I were asked what I'm passionate about, the Army is not the first thing to come to my mind. I love entertainment and chances to be an entertainer. So my question to you is, do I pursue what feels good? Or should I stay the course, stick to my plan of promotion and going to active duty, and hope these choices will provide long term rewards and opportunities later?

Sincerely,
Major Crossroads
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Dear Major,

Thank you for being of service to our country. I'm flattered greatly by your compliments.

I believe in pursuing one's dreams. With that being said, I also believe in having a backup plan. Any kind of entertainment is a difficult path. The rewards of making people feel great are wonderful, but it can be a hard business in which to make a living. You haven't indicated what kind of entertainment you want to pursue. Should you choose to pursue it, you will need discipline, tact, bravery, determination and a spirit that is not easily broken—I have a feeling you are probably already in possession of these virtues. Both paths are rewarding and valuable. Whatever you choose, you are already a star!

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