My Mission Statement
“Who am I? I am Cira Elizabeth Gordo; college student, knowledge addict, art enthusiast, eldest daughter, a twin sister, an older sister, a hard worker, a passionate lover, and at times, a complete mess. I suppose these would be external classifications looked at through the eyes of others. To me, I am just another human being, another little girl on the path of life following her heart into the unknown. I have nothing to fear, for life has offered me wonderful opportunities, and blessed me with a formidable mind and soul. I will always be honest, I will always face challenges courageously, and I will enjoy every breath I take.
I have been blessed with the most loving and understanding of families. I admire each individual for different personality traits, whether it is their kindness, perseverance, or blunt honesty. The group of people I call friends is much larger, but just as loving. I have crossed these kindred souls along my journey and I cannot forget a single soul. I have loved and lost, I have made mistakes, and I have learned from my experiences. Everyone I know, or have ever known, contributed to who I am today. Even if it had been the smallest of small talk that made me think about or question my views, my values, or how much knowledge I had on a subject, you influenced me and in a positive way. You aided my intelligence, fueled my curiosity, and gave me the drive to strive for more!
Who do I want to be? Well that’s a silly question. No matter what career I choose, no matter what role I play in the lives of others, at the core of it all, I will still be me, myself, and I. I do have a career goal, but it does not define me. I am making my plans as I go along. You might say, I’m living in the ‘now’ with thoughts of tomorrow. I am working towards a career in the field of photography. I want to capture images that will make you think, make your heart race, or even inspire travel to locations all over the globe. The images would behold beautiful landscapes, everyday life in all walks of life, children at play, a lion laying back keeping watch over his pride. But I don’t want to stop there! I want to have my own photo studio! Although some would find it mundane to take pictures of ordinary beings celebrating an ordinary accomplishment or celebration of their lives, I find it to be the ones who have the most interesting stories to tell. A young couple finally taking the big step starting their lives together in marriage, a young man or woman coming of age, a baby taking pictures with the two people who love and value him or her above all else, an old couple celebrating a happy, fulfilling life together. I can go on, because each story would be like a fingerprint: unique to the individual or individuals it belongs to.
How do I plan to get there? I have already taken the first step. I am studying at Miami Dade College, with the intention to acquire all the knowledge I can get from instructors with experience in this field. Of course, I must responsibly put forth my own effort and practice outside of class, research for knowledge that may not be known to them or the textbooks, go out of my way to get that nearly perfect shot from high in a tree in some awkward position. To get the reward of knowing I acquired the picture I saw in my minds eye, I will work as hard as I have to. I know I will get there, and one day my photos will inspire another youth to chase their dreams capturing beauty with a lens.”