Which would you choose?
Prepare to have your mind blown. Guatemala‘s First Lady, Sandra Torres, is divorcing her hubby, President Alvaro Colom, so that she can run for President herself when his term is over this fall. Have you ever heard of someone so ruthless and cold-blooded?
Ambitious, yes. Cold-blooded? Well, you be the judge.
Ms. Torres was a prominent fixture during her husband’s presidency and has become a beloved public figure herself in recent years. It would seem like a natural evolution for her to take over the keys to the Guatemalan castle much in the same way Bill Clinton now takes a backseat to wife Hillary‘s career; these guys had their time in the sun, and now it’s time for the women to take over.
However, according to the Guatemalan constitution, it’s against the law for close relatives to succeed the Prez in office. Hence, the impending divorce. We don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, but to the naked eye, Torres and Colom have always seemed like a happy, strong couple (unlike the hot mess that is Hil and Bill). So it’s kind of a no-brainer that her opposition, Otto Perez Molina, is slinging mud, saying that the two are “seeking to defraud the system.”
Although it seems like Torres actually has an amazing, supportive husband who’s willing to do what it takes to make her dreams a reality, we don’t know the truth. She could actually just be a power-hungry bitch who’s willing to destroy the sanctity of marriage for her career ambitions. The romantic in me prefers to believe the former statement is true, and that this couple is taking a risk together, for the greater good of their marriage.
It’s ironic that I would read about the President and his wife today, especially after the conversation I had with my friend Ali. Al, who is visiting from New York, suggested that dating is so damn hard in the Big Apple because NYC men aren’t making time in their busy schedules to find a potential love interest, but I actually think the women are just as much at fault.
Yep, that’s a bold statement, I know, but something Ali said triggered this reaction. While describing her week and hectic work schedule, she then mentioned a staggering five birthday parties she had to attend at the weekend. I ask you, when is there time to date amid such a social whirlwind of work and play?
I’m not saying that your career shouldn’t come first. You have to be secure in who you are and what you do before you’re well and truly ready to let someone else love you. But how far can you take it before you wake up one day at 40 and realize you’re alone? Your job does not make a warm bedfellow, nor do the acquaintances you may not even be in contact with come this time in 2012.
At least Sandra Torres knows what she’s doing. She’s weighed her options. She’s had her taste of love and knows what’s most important to her at the moment — and that’s replacing her husband (in more ways than one). I’m just saying this — don’t let opportunities for love pass you by because you’re busy making other plans…or working on reports.