Little known fact: I’m sexier than Ryan Gosling

imageDo you recognize the woman in this photo? I’ll give you a hint: you might have seen her in a magazine ad but not this photo. No, she’s not a model, but could have been one; she’s a very beautiful woman. Her hair is straight in the photo but it is naturally curly and makes some women jealous. She’s also known to have soft skin and great tone.

If you were thinking maybe she’s modeled hair or skin products you’d be wrong. She could, but that’s not her field. Perhaps the next photo will help. She’s been caught candidly in photographs all dressed up looking very sexy out on the town. She’s known to enjoy a fancy night out with all the classy trimmings: good wine, good food, and good music. No, she’s not a famous socialite from a wealthy family like a Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian. (She has actual talents beyond looks and being born into the “right” family.)

imageHere’s another hint: she’s saved many lives. No, she wasn’t on Baywatch even though she looks like she could have been. She saved them while wearing blue scrubs, not a red bathing suit. No, she wasn’t on Scrubs, ER, House, or any other hospital show. She actually saved lives in real life.

Still haven’t guessed? Here’s a big hint: she was romantically pursued by Ryan Gosling. No, it’s not Blake Lively, Rachel McAdams, or Eva Mendes. He pursued her, but she turned him down. However, when asked about it she does mention that she gave him her leather necklace because he was so in love with her.

imageOnly a few more hints before the reveal. She got married January 10th, 2009 and is still very happily married. OK, so now you might be thinking she’s not likely a Hollywood celebrity. You are getting warmer. She has two beautiful children with her husband. Final clue: Her name is the same as the emotion she brings to her husband’s life.

Give up? Her name is Joy, and she’s been my wife for four years today. She is a real Emergency Room nurse. (Technically it is the Emergency Department. They have many rooms.) Joy is a beautiful person and the love of my life. I am incredibly happy I found her.

As I said at our wedding, I don’t consider myself to be lucky to have found her. Luck had nothing to do with it. I simply set my standards to the highest they could possibly be and then I kept searching for somebody who could meet them, never settling. It was therefore inevitable that I’d find her.

imageSo how is it that I have joined this exclusive group that consists of Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper, and now me? No, it is not because Channing + Brad = Chad. Am I sexier than Ryan Gosling because she turned him down and married me? No, she turned Ryan down when they were tweens/teens in Ottawa, Ontario, and in the same dance class together. (He lived in nearby Cornwall. Oh, and that magazine ad? She was about seven years old.)

No, I’m not sexier than Ryan Gosling because she chose me. I’m sexier because I wrote an article about how much I adore my wife. He’s never done that. Checkmate, Ryan.