Have you ever met someone and felt an instant connection with them, or even a weird sense of déjà vu? Well, that person could be a soulmate of yours. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a soulmate as, “a person who is perfectly suited to another in temperament,” or “a person who strongly resembles another in attitudes or beliefs,” but I’m going to be real with you; I think that the dictionary barely scratches the surface.

We may not always recognize a soulmate immediately. We may not instantaneously know that this person in front of us is meant to be in our lives forever, or even just right here and right now.

But they’ll understand us in ways we wouldn’t expect, and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep us around, because we get them, too. They will show up in all forms: in a parent, a sibling, a cousin, a friend, a lover. They’ll be there, and depending on when they show up, we may even wonder, “Where have you been all my life?”

I, personally, can think of a few soulmates I have in my life. (That’s right: we can have multiple.) I can tell you that with a couple of these people, I just clicked so quickly with them, that our relationships felt so natural early on. Nothing was forced to happen…it just did. And amazing things have come out of those friendships.

They say that we have met our soulmates before in past lives, and that’s why we get that sense of déjà vu when we meet those people in this one. I am a believer in reincarnation, so yeah, I’d say that I believe that as well. Our physical bodies die every seventy or so years, but our souls have lived on for who knows how long. I love it when I meet someone new, and I get that little voice in my head that says, hey, I know you.

Maybe my head is just making all this up because I believe in it. I don’t know.

What I do know is that I have felt connections with others, as if I’m meant to be with them for some reason. And with those people, I’ve met some who have shared thoughts so similar to my own that it’s almost scary—and others, although we are so different, just get me.

And for that, I am both amazed and grateful.

And I hope that I get to meet them again, someday.

Prompt: Do you believe in soulmates? If so, what is your take on them? If not, why?

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A twenty-two year old who lives through words and her Netflix account. She makes herself laugh more than others, and she claims that she is okay with that.

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