Reflecting


Confero Nov 2Taking a look back at the past 30 years of my life and ahead on what’s to come.

by Christopher Confero   

 

Usually my column is about how to fabulously entertain a crowd or something new and exciting to explore in our great city. But this month, as I’ve just hit a milestone in my life and turned 30, I want to take the liberty to open up and share what things are important to me as I enter a new decade of my life.  

I haven’t really made a big fuss about a birthday since I was a child, but 30 seems different somehow. It’s introspective in a way that turning any other year older as a twenty-something wasn’t. There is a sense that time is starting to run out on all the things still left to do. More than anything, turning 30 has pushed me to reflect on the past and the people who have mattered most to me and to take inventory of my life for the future years to come.

As I look back over my life, there are so many people to acknowledge. Too many to name on one short page, but some who have been there and had the best view of it all I would like to take a moment and recognize. To my grandmother Doris, who selflessly took me into her care as a young child and sacrificed so much to see my needs were met—you’re every bit of my heart, and I pray to make you proud with the man I’ve become. To my mother, Deborah—you’re not only my mother but also my best friend, and we have endless years of memories and milestones ahead of us. Hunter and Raven, we’re all so incredibly different, but I wouldn’t want to call anyone else my brother or sister.

Confero NovMentors who had such an influence on my approach to life and business include Dr. Devin Stephenson and David Beahm; thank you for showing me what character and compassion meant in the workplace. You both challenge me to continually push myself beyond what I could have dreamed my life would be. To my best friends, who are just like family—Blaine and Will, you’ll always be my original and only shugs. Some individuals come into your life in the craziest ways, but quickly become people you could never live without. David and Michelle, our ways are some of the craziest, but I could never live my life without either of you.

Most importantly, here’s to the next 30 years of my life. To my future partner, children, and family, I pray for God’s never-ending grace and mercy to be a hedge around my life so I can realize my dream and find you all. I’m so thankful for every single person who has ventured through my life, no matter how the circumstances were along the way. It’s shaped me into the man I am today, and despite my daily shortcomings, I strive to be better with every breath I take.

Thank you all for loving and accepting me for all that I am, good and bad. I can’t wait to see what the years ahead bring me.

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