When you hear about soulmates, you often think about finding your perfect match. Your other half. The love of your life who completes you. It's often thrown around in shows about love like The Bachelor, where contestants expect to find a deep connection through the power of reality TV.
Finding your soulmate is essential for love, as successful marriages are more than just social compatibility.
Although contrary to popular belief, your soulmate doesn't necessarily need to be a romantic connection.
Essentially, a soulmate is someone who "gets" you - who you can connect with on a deeper level.
A soulmate doesn't have to be the love of your life or someone you share a romantic connection with. Your soulmate could simply be a best friend or anyone you share a close relationship with on an emotional or spiritual level. The link feels natural, and you balance each other out.
You bond over a shared emotion - you feel and connect when something good or bad happens. Your soulmate can be someone you can be yourself with.
The idea of a soulmate can be traced as far back in texts from Plato, the Greek philosopher.
Plato was quoted in his text "Symposium" back around 385–370 BC, saying:
"...when one of them meets with his other half, the actual half of himself … the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy, and one will not be out of the other's sight, as I may say, even for a moment."
Plato is also quoted saying that all humans were once united with their other half, but Zeus split them apart out of fear and jealousy.
There's also the religious interpretation of the human soul's connection to God.
Overall, the idea of soulmates has been around for centuries. As humans, we're curious to know who our other half is. With that said, who's to say that this person can't be someone else in your life, like a co-worker or a friend? Embrace all human connection and you will find your soulmate. Who knows? You might find more than one.