Name: Christopher Moreno

Social Media Handle/Username: TheChrisMoreno

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: I am a former elected official, father of 3, and brain cancer survivor.

What Inspires You Every day? : This answer changed when I was told I have terminal brain cancer in 2020. Now, what inspires me is seeing my children grow and smile. Every second of life is a gift.

What is some words of wisdom you live by?: Be the light. After being told last year I had 12-14 months to live, it gave me a new perspective. I spend each day trying to shine positivity on others.

What is your ultimate goal in life? : Last year I would have said become very successful financially, and grow old to see my children have kids of their own. Now, my goal in life is to try to live 2 years, and spend every day making others smile.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : I started 2020 feeling it was the worst year ever. I ended 2020 recognizing that it was a blessing. I was able to relax more than I ever have, and we were able to spend so much time with our children. Also, I think it reminded me that it’s the small things in life that really matter.

If there is one thing that has concerned me, it is the government overreach that has taken place in the name of COVID. People’s life savings, sweat and tears were invested in their dream restaurant or small business, only to have them crushed by power driven politicians and bureaucrats inability to think outside the box.

Partisan politics has all but normalized this. It’s wrong. We have God given inalienable rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, including the ability to provide for our family. I try not to focus heavily on this because it angers me.

What is a message you would like to give others? : Every second of life matters. Spend it shining the light on others. Pour yourself into your children or grandchildren. Finally, days before brain surgery I was told by my brother to write down the people that I wanted to remember, letters to each of them, the things I love (foods, music, activities) and things I wanted to try if I survive.

I tried for days and wrote down vague things, then it became so clear that I really didn’t even know who I was. I didn’t really value my relationships. I didn’t really value life. Shame on me for losing that!

So I would really encourage readers to take a few days to think deeply in self-reflection, and write down these things. It changed my life and I think it will change yours.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: If I told you the story, you wouldn’t believe it.

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