Soulmates: a reality or just a romantic idea?

Serra Raquel, Entertainment Editor

For many people, life is driven by the search for an idealistic love story like that of a fairytale. A relationship destined by fate seems like the pinnacle of romance.

The idea of “soulmates” originated from the Egyptian-Greek belief that humans once had two heads and eight limbs. In this form, the gods considered humans too powerful, so the body and soul was split into two. Humans were left to be forever in search of their other half to complete their soul.

Since then, the concept of soulmates has been widely accepted and molded into many different variations.

“I believe in soulmates, but I believe that you have more than one,” senior Chloe Johnson said. “I think, for me, it’s too scary to think that there is only one person for me out there.”

To some, a soulmate is something that can be created.

“I believe that there are multiple people in your life that you will learn from, and maybe you are lucky enough to meet one person, but I don’t think that there is one person out there for everyone,” senior Jamie Dennis said. “When you meet someone, they can become your soulmate.”

To others, there can only be one soulmate and, to them, the concept is impractical.

“What happens if ‘the one’ passes away?” mathematics teacher Dave Goodwin said. “You can’t get another second chance at love? Based on probability, a mathematician says there has to be more than one.”

The idea of love at first sight is commonly used in literature and film. The classic tragedy “Romeo and Juliet” features one of the most famous couples meeting and almost instantly falling in love, a concept not everyone believes in.

“I think there are different stages of love,” Johnson said. “I believe in love at first sight but it’s going to be a completely different kind of love than the love that you feel when you’ve been with someone for years.”

“I know many people in relationships and I would think ‘you’re crazy for being in love after two weeks,’ but I think everyone’s definition of love is different,” Dennis said. “I used to think I was naive for being in love at such a young age, but then I realized love doesn’t come with age, it comes with experience.”

People cling to the idea that the intangible force of fate leads a person to meet their perfect match. According to a Chinese myth, an unbreakable invisible red thread connects two people who are destined to be together.

Dennis is unsure of fate’s existence, but felt something special in her own relationship with her boyfriend even before they met.

“I would see him and knew always who he was,” Dennis said. “I always had a weird attraction to him, but I never met him. The first day we met it was instant click and it just felt like it was meant to be.”

“I think you carve your own destiny, you make some decisions and those decisions take you to different places and you keep opening new doors, but I don’t think you’re born and already have your whole life planned ahead,” Spanish teacher Andres Gil said. “That would be too scary.”

To Johnson, fate is not the force that binds couples together, but rather love itself.

“I’m not a religious person, though, I consider myself pretty spiritual,” Johnson said. “I believe in the distinct power of the universe. To me, there’s a force greater than what we can see or physically touch or experience, so I definitely feel like love is that greater force that holds everything together.”

Though there are many beliefs surrounding love, the experience is always something to learn from. Beliefs change over time and exposure.

“I think people will think that love doesn’t exist because it failed them,” Dennis said. “But, it’s not love that fails people, it’s people that fail love. Trying hard for love is important.”

“When you’re young you think love is desire,” Goodwin said. “As you age, you understand what love truly is: sacrifice.”