RCL #6

At the very beginning of Part 3, Addario describes a huge conflict she had to overcome. Interestingly, it was one I deeply related to. She had to give up something she once loved in order to grow.¬†Addario’s conflict began when she realized it was time to branch out as a photographer. She had to leave the familiarity of her career as a war photographer in the Middle East and she had to face the conflict associated with doing so. Her conflict was simple: she loved her time covering the War on Terror, but it became restrictive to her as an artist. For her, the conflict was moving forward and taking on new tasks.Addario did so by looking for work in an entirely different continent- Africa.¬†

Not only did she decide to move on with her career- she also decided to move on in her personal life. She made her conflict more relatable by revealing her new conflict of starting over as a single woman once again. As a reader, many people have experienced this, so it makes it easier to relate.

Addario also explains how she resolved her conflict. She resolves to go to Africa. Because this is an expensive new beginning, Addario addresses her financial situation and explains that she will be using her savings to make the change. The way she addresses financial concerns makes her more relatable because for most people, finances are a major concern.

For me, this piece was very relatable because I have recently experienced something similar. After being with my boyfriend, Addison, for nearly five years, we broke up. Like Addario, the situation became restrictive to my growth, and I had to move on. While I did not do so in a new continent, I did move on to State College. Addario makes it easy for readers to relate, regardless of the fact that we are not war photographers.

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