It’s been 21 years and it’s only getting better.

Today, my wife and I are together for 21 years. She is an incredibly intelligent person and, at the same time, such a lovely human being – which, I feel, is a combination that is extremely rare. It constantly amazes me that someone that smart would put up with someone as crazy as me. But she does. She is the love of my life and my best friend and I feel very lucky to have her.

About a decade ago, we figured out that no matter where life takes us, we are always together – even when we are apart for extended periods of time. But in recent years, we’ve gained a whole new level of trust, friendship and love to our relationship. We are now even closer to each other, and more happier for it, than ever.

We agree on so many things. How to live our daily lives, the conscious decision to not have kids, when to go out to explore and travel and when to stay on the couch and just watch Netflix… And when we don’t agree on something, we always find a way of accepting that the other sees things differently. And to let them have their freedom and enjoy things on their own once in a while, too.

I have a feeling that this is highly unusual. I don’t think there are many relationships where people actually grow closer to each other after more than twenty years of being together. And I also think that it’s quite remarkable to be happier together after 21 years than in the very beginning of your relationship. For a while now, I’ve been making a conscious effort to, every single day, simply appreciate how lucky we are together. But it is also important to just shout it from the rooftops once in a while, if only on a special day like this one.

Katy, I love you! Let’s keep being mad together. I want to grow old this way. It’s so much fun!