In this sentence, can I use a semicolon, or is a period more appropriate?

When she was a child, she wanted to be an explorer; now she can't even leave her own house.


Are the two clauses grammatically complete sentences?

Are they closely linked to each other?

The answer to the first question is yes. The second question is a matter of judgement. But there is a clear connection between the sentences, so a semicolon would be a good choice.

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