About 2 years ago, I found myself rummaging through old school papers that included report cards, school pictures, essays I wrote, journals, diaries, newspaper clippings, etc and remember some of the comments my fourth grade teacher made. Apparently, I looked out the window too much. Apparently, I was a day dreamer. Apparently, I had no affinity for any kind of education and if I didn’t improve my conduct I would be held back.
Now I take issue with one thing. It’s not true that I didn’t care about schooling – I actually loved math and spelling. I loved things that made me think. I was usually the first one to turn in the timed multiplication tables and I had an abundance of spelling stickers (which were probably the inspiration for emojis – happy smiley faces! Stars! Fireworks!). For some reason, my teacher thought there was no hope for me. That wasn’t true at all.
The one thing that was true was that I did dream…a lot! Even my mother would always laugh at how many different thoughts came into my head. From wanting to host game shows to stage acting to becoming a police officer to even riding around in a garbage truck, I always seemed to want to have a different dream.
Today, I am no different. I still dream. I want to travel the world. I want to write a book. I want to write programs for a children’s hospital. I want to solve a murder case. I want my kids to look at me as some kind of fantastic superhero. And that’s why I am here…to share not just my future, but so that others can go along with me as I ride my journey to one (or two…or better yet…multiple) dreams. And maybe others can be inspired by this journey I am taking.
That’s why I am here…but I should probably introduce myself now, so people understand also who I am. My name is Mo Anand and I was born in Berlin, Germany. I lived in Germany for nine years before moving to Michigan. Michigan has been my home for 30 years now. I am married to my wife, Rachel and we have four wonderful children, Benjamin, Oliver, Charlie, and Annika. I am a Christian and I currently work in several different fields: transportation, health care and education.
As far as my future goes, I have several goals in mind. Within the year, I want to earn more than the $55,000 I am making now. I want to learn how to program in Java. I want to write a TV script pilot. I want to re-learn German and Spanish. I want to read a whole slew of Dickens novels. There’s a lot I want to accomplish. But that’s me….the dreamer still lives in me.