Soul Mates Vs Life Partners

Soul Mate VS. Life Partners

Some people think that these terms are interchangeable but, are they really ? Here are my thoughts  on it all  ……….. 

A reoccurring theme that I have seemed to come across over the years in my conversations and vent sessions with friends , family , and even some random strangers who just needed an ear is that the person that they may have married or decided to spend the rest of the life with is not necessarily their soul mate.

Of course we would want our life partner to be our soul mate but in actuality it does not always work like this. I am not saying by any means that no one  who has cemented there life partnership is not with there soul mate  but I am saying that it is a very rare occasion to have the two in one person.

“A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.

A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…”

Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Soul mates are not meant to be  permanent. But at the same time they will always hold a permanent place in your heart. You will never be able to forget them and that spot will never be able to taken by another. In simpler terms the soul mate is there pop up out of nowhere , feed your soul nourish you spiritually and “physically” go.

A life partner is a more tangible being. Unlike a soul mate you can actually go out and look for you life partner. Because with a life partner you are looking for specific qualities as where with soul mates it just is beyond words so you are unable to pinpoint it in a search. I can go on a dating website right now and type in all the things I might want in the person i want to spend the rest of life with for example the most common ones are : financial and emotional stability , trust , respectable and similar personality traits. The life partner is someone who is dependable and logically aligns with your goals for your life and situation. Unlike how the soul mate will automatically always hold a place in your heart with your like partner there is the need and desire to “cement” things by marriage or some other physical tangible act.

I think the biggest thing is that life partners can be replaced. My life partner can die and I can eventually find someone with the same set of values and fall in love with them and enter into another life partnership. However in that same situation a soul mate can be dead or alive and always hold that one little string to your heart because no one will ever be them

At the end of the day although much different I think that depending on your situation either or would be great to have at any given time and if your one of lucky ones who has all in one even better ! Feel free to share your opinion below in the comments or by taking the poll! 


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