“According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with 4 arms, 4 legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves. And when one of them meets the other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, 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 (The Symposium)
In this modern day and age, people throw around the term "soul mate" all too loosely. If they find someone who fits their criteria, it's a soul mate. If they find someone who can make them feel good, it's a soul mate. If they find someone who lives nearby and is "conveniently placed for a relationship" it's a soul mate. On the contrary, when we look at the origins of the concept of the soul mate, we can understand (those of us who have understanding), that if it were so convenient and easy, then it wouldn't be a soul mate, at all. Or else, Zeus would be dimwitted and stupid. And I'm afraid he is not. Why would the other half of your soul simply be someone who lives down the street (yes that could happen, Destiny having her way, but it's unlikely to happen), or simply someone who meets your criteria? And if you fall for a criteria, in the first place, is that a person or is that a list of things that you like? Do you even see the person? At all?
I don't think people find their soul mates as often as they would like to believe. I believe that people can fall in love many times and with many other people; people can have love! But having another person who is the other half of your soul? Happens less often, and when it does happen, these cases are amongst the greatest love stories ever known, or the greatest love stories that unfolded far from the eyes of the rest of mankind (not all great things are famous things or popular things!)
What would it be like to find the other half of your soul, separated from you? First of all, it would be a very difficult thing to accomplish, as this soul could be anywhere on this planet! And if/when you do find the person, what do you think it would feel like to meet the half of you that hasn't been there for such a long time? Yes, it would feel like a completion, a wholeness; but it would also feel like all things dangerous and unknown; hidden and unexplored. It could possibly even be frightening. Especially if Zeus had it in his mind to particularly keep the two of you far apart!
Is this about Zeus? No, this isn't really about Zeus. Is this about Valentine's Day? Not really, but you can think that if you like! But I think this is about walking on the edge of something different, something deeper and ancient and far-fetched.