Mission Accomplished

Goals are accomplishments or projects you decide to do in the future to give direction and purpose to your life.  Living without goals is living the life of the weather vane; it moves according to the direction of the wind.  Without goals your ship will never reach safe port.

Several years ago, Raúl Alberto Díaz decided he was going to finish an elementary and high school program—under the supervision of his parents and teachers.  That was twelve years ago.  On December 18, 2014 his goal was accomplished.  On this date he graduated from high school and will soon continue his college education at the University of Panama.  That will be another goal.  Maybe, if he has the stamina, and if there’s still fire in the belly, he will set new goals to get a Masters or Ph.D. degree.  Goals.  That’s the name of the game in this hyper-competitive environment.  If you want to survive in this economic ecosystem you either have to get a decent job or build your own company from scratch.  In both cases you’ll need knowledge, plenty of it and of the highest quality.

Raúl Alberto Díaz is the stepbrother of the Twister and the pride of his mother.  My wife and I wish him the very best on his next quest of higher education.  His mother hand-made remembrance items to commemorate the memorable occasion.  I took a snapshot of the memorabilia to record its occurrence in our digital journal for years to come.  Long after I’m gone, Raúl and his descendents will read about the date he achieved one of his educational goals.  That is what I love about photography, with a modest camera obscura you can freeze time.  In one way or another, professional or amateur photographers are modern-day historians.

Snapshot of a hand-made remembrance item created by Raúl A. Díaz’s mother to celebrate his high school graduation on December 18, 2014. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.


“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”—Henry Ford


6 thoughts on “Mission Accomplished”

  1. Hola Barbara,

    We all pass through this path searching for knowledge. I got as far as obtaining a BS in Business Administration, a college degree in Middle Education and halfway through a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Then the spark went dark and I lost my fire in the belly.

    After retiring from work I went back to study on a daily basis. Mainly English and photography on my own.

    At this moment I’m reading a book authored by Graham Greene, “Our Man in Havana” and a book on close-up photography, “Understanding Close-Up Photography: Creative Close Encounters With or Without a Macro Lens” by Bryan Peterson.

    Merry Christmas to you and your beloved family. I hope you the very best this upcoming year. May your vacation to Puerto Rico be rich with pleasant experiences.



    1. Gracias! Thank you so much for the well wishes! Education really should be an ongoing thing in life whether it be books, culture, religion or just living and experiencing life. Much respect!

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