There are very few opportunities in life to have it both ways; but in her post The Case for Semicolons, writer Lauren Oyler argues that you can when you use a semicolon.
(Illustration by Simoul Alva)
Ms. Oyler then elaborates noting that semicolons “unlike most other punctuation marks, are fully optional …” She also seems to say that while there are rules for their use, you don’t have to keep them. Whether you use a semicolon, or not, is your call; you can take it or leave it.
Not to put too fine a point on it, the semicolon gives you choices.