Lily was Jennifer's childhood friend, and their parents were close to each other. Lily’s parents hoped for her to become a doctor too. The two girls were very close, and Jennifer believed that Lily would stay by her side. They would eventually become medical doctors together. However Lily became distanced with her, after she unexpectedly moved away.
There was a reunion party for school classes, after Jennifer graduated high school. Jennifer had not seen Lily for a long time, so she excitedly greeted her. After they greeted each other, Lily brought up a conversation about her wanting to become an artist. Jennifer was shocked, and asked about her plan to become a medical doctor.
Lily said becoming a medical doctor wasn’t her dream, and she just went along with her parent’s goal. She eventually found her dream of becoming an artist, and worked on it since she moved schools. Jennifer tried to convince Lily that being an artist would have been difficult. Lily agreed but said she would rather do things she loves and enjoy, because it is worth it.
When Jennifer heard her childhood friend being happy that she found her dream, she felt empty and flat. Jennifer realized becoming a doctor would not make her happy, and wanted to find her own dream like Lily.
She started going to the photography class her friends recommended, and realized she loved taking pictures. When her parents found out that Jennifer had been slacking off, they were outraged and did not understand her reasoning. Jennifer explained becoming a doctor was their dream, and she wanted to find her’s.
Jennifer’s parents and Jenifer argued about the topic for a long time, until her parents finally stated they would allow her to work on her photography class. However, Jennifer would have to give up on things like her privileges like her car and monthly allowance. She needed to get a part time job, and support herself without her parents’ help.
A few years later, when there was another reunion party, Lily noticed Jennifer. She asked about her medical job. Jennifer replied that she doesn’t work as a doctor. Instead, she takes pictures and makes a living off it. Lily was surprised and asked if it was to follow her dream. She replied, “I had to give up many privileges to be where I am. My parents still do not fully understand me, but they have accepted that this is my life. I had many struggles, but I look forward to each day because I am doing what I love.” Lily was glad her friend finally found her own dream.