Bill and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary today. These have been the 10 most important years of my life. Bill and I agree that we have a pretty good marriage. We feel so lucky. I decided to list the 10 main elements that make of our marriage a good one.
1. We respect each other.
2. We're very patient with each other.
3. We accept each other exactly as we are.
4. We want the same things in life: a happy family and space for creativity.
5. We keep it real. No drama, no complications.
6. Our parenting phylosophy is the same, no disagreements or conflicts in that area.
7. We admire each other.
8. We share a good sense of humor and practice it all the time.
9. We learn from each other.
10. We support each other emotionally.
These 10 years have been amazing. I personally feel that I have grown so much with Bill. He's 12 years older than me so that makes him 12 times wiser than I am. He has seen a lot more than me so when I'm trying to figure out something he has already graduated from it.
What I enjoy most about Bill is his down to Earth approach to life. He has worked with lots of rich and famous people in this and other countries, he has seen the kind of poverty that hurts your eyes. But no matter where he is or who he's interacting with, Bill is first of all human, he's always real, gentle, understanding and modest. That's why he's so good at his work (film producer). It takes a very unique person to deal with lots of different personalities, most of them intense, and yet, get things done and never lose perspective of what really matters.
Another thing that I really admire about Bill is his gift for listening. He can stand there, very quiet, and just listen for as long as you talk. Not only that, but he never rushes to impose his own opinion. He just says: everything will be OK. And he's always right, things are always OK in the end.
I could talk about Bill's qualities forever, but one more gift of the many that Bill possess is the way in which he deals with crisis. I have never seen a person who can stay as calm and as in control as Bill is whenever there is a crisis. The world can be falling apart and there he is, never raising his voice, never panicking, never rushing to conclusions. The best part is that he always comes out with the right solution to the problem. He's a genius at proposing ideas that are simple and efective. It all comes from a high concrete intelligence combined with deep intuition and lots of perspective. When I grow up I want to be like Billy.
I will finish this post by saying: Thanks a million Billy for everything, you are my rock, my inspiration, my teacher, and the love of my life. Thank you for helping me become a better person in these 10 years. Thank you for being such a wonderful father to Miro, Natalie and Diego and thank you for letting me just be the way I am, as tricky as that could be sometimes ;). I love you forever!