Do you believe in soulmates?
"To some degree, yes. Do you?"
"Not sure. But I watched something that made me think of it, made me think of you . . . What do you think?"
"What do I think of them? "
"Yeah. I'm curious."
"Hm . . . I'm not all too sure myself. There are different concepts of soulmates too and I'm not all too sure which idea I gravitate towards more. Or perhaps, I like to believe in a combination of them. Do you know of the Greek soulmates myth?"
"No. Tell me about it."
"A long time ago, humans had four arms, four legs, one head with two faces, and one heart. But Zeus feared them and feared their power so he split them in half, such that they'd have to spend their lives searching for their "other half.""
"Huh. They were made together, as opposed to for each other? That's an interesting thought.:
"I suppose. But I do think it only covers one type of soulmate -- "the other half" so to speak. There are platonic soulmates too, and soulmates that aren't meant to stay in our lives forever. There's more than the romantic life partner everyone seems to be searching for. I think . . . I think that most people forget about platonic love. About best friends. Sure, they won't ever love you the same way as the first type of soulmate, but it's love all the same, right? They'll love you unconditionally. They'll be there for you when you need them to be. They're meant for you in their own special way, you know?"
"Mmm . . ."
"Ah, I'm rambling again aren't I? I'm sorry."
"No no, don't worry. I just . . . I'm still trying to wrap my head around something. You mentioned a third, yeah? Soulmates that don't stay? I don't think that's a thought that really ever crossed my mind."
"It's a bit . . . strange, I'll admit. It's quite abrupt, their entrance. And they fade as fast but we never realize it until they're gone. They're not what you ever envision your soulmate being, but they do change you. They're there to force you to question things, and to challenge your realities. They point out faults you never knew existed and qualities you would never consider your strengths. In short, they break you down and they also help to pick up the pieces and rebuild yourself."
"But why don't they stay then, if they're there to do so much?"
"To teach you another lesson."
"That some of the people we hold closest are only temporary fixtures in our lives. They're there to do what they are meant to do, to teach you, and then to leave you. And you know, we so badly want them to be the one, to be the soul you were made with. But they aren't, and we can't change that fact."
"Ah. I see. That's quite sad, don't you think?"
"Definitely. Now, I have a question for you."
"Go for it."
"What kind of soulmates do you think we are?"
"You think we're soulmates?"
"Don't you? I don't think I'd have this conversation with just anyone. I don't think I would've have any of the conversations we've had with anyone else. There's something special to you and I like it a lot."
"I like it a lot too. Your "something special", I mean."
"You still haven't answered my question."
"Yeah . . . You said impermanent soulmates are the ones we'd least expect to change us so greatly. I don't remember how or when we first met because I didn't think it was significant enough for me to remember. Now, I wish I did."
"Really now? "
"Of course. I'd love to remember how I met the one person that was able to destroy the mask I've been hiding under for years. The mask that took me years to create in the first place."
"I could say the same for you."
"Mmm . . ."
"Impermanent . . . I don't know when our time together is going to be up . . . or if we'll even keep in contact in the future though it won't be the same . . . but I don't think we're finished either. Loose ends need tying."
"I'm glad you think that too. You know something?"
"When you said that we desperately want our third kind of soulmate to be the one . . . I wish it were you, here and now. I could only hope that in the next lifetime, be it here on earth, or in a different fucking galaxy for all I care, that we're meant to be the creature with four arms and four legs, sharing a single heart."
"Do you want to know something else?"
"I hope for the same."