Author’s note: This article is dedicated to my best friend and soul mate.
“Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space. Maybe we should trust that, even if we can’t understand it.” ~ Interstellar, the movie
When certain people come into our lives, they will make us realize that everything we used to believe about ourselves was wrong—that we are valuable and worth caring about, that we are wanted and that we are unique.
These people are our kindred spirits.
They reciprocate the kind of love and passion we have for life. They feel deeply like we do and they experience a rich inner world that we resonate with as well.
These people are rare gems—keep them. Fight for them. Don’t give up on them.
They also hurt as fiercely as we do. They are just as terrified of failure as we are. Their sadness reaches deep in their bones like ours does. Their emptiness is as overwhelming as ours is. They push us away just as much as we push everyone else away. They are as afraid of being abandoned as we are. They want to be loved and accepted as much as we do.
They value our presence as much as we value theirs. They are as grateful for us as we are for them. They want us around as much as we want to stay. They miss us as much as we need to see them. They dislike being apart as much as we hate leaving. They enjoy our quirks as much as we love their oddities. They love to make us laugh as much as we live to see them smile. They would do anything for us as much as we would sacrifice everything for them.
They are our soulmates and best friends.
They are our brothers, our sisters, our mothers, our fathers, our teachers, our mentors, our lovers, our daughters, our sons, our classmates, our roommates and our neighbors.
They are the ones with whom deep and unbreakable connections form. They know our soul, and we know theirs. Their thoughts and feelings reach us before they speak them. They respond to ours before we open our mouths.
They are the ones we fight with, the ones we can hate and the ones we break away from.
But in those dark nights of separation, we still feel it—that connection, that bond.
It’s there like a subtle vibration underneath the wisdom and council from others. The truth we know we can’t deny because we love them.
We can feel their love like a quiet whisper in the back of our minds. We know they miss us, and they feel the pain of being apart as much as we do. We know they need us as much as we need them. We can feel they regret their anger as much as we regret our pride. We know they are as sorry to have hurt us, as we are as pained to have hurt them. They want to reach out to us as much as we need to speak to them.
They are the ones whom we can’t live without, and they can’t live without us.
No matter how much time it takes— write that letter, send that text, make that call.
To such a one I say: I’m so glad I wrote the email, and I’m so glad you responded. I’m so glad we met up that day, ate lunch and reconciled.
I missed you deeply. I need you dearly.
Life went on without you, and that’s a painful truth. But I am so glad our connection remained, and that it reached out to us across the dimensions of space and time.
I’m glad we trusted it, because now our bond is stronger for it.
It will never be broken, it will never be forgotten.
This truth we can trust in—we are soul mates, connected for life. Life will test us, our bond will be tried again and again, but I am not afraid—because I know I’ll always have you as my best friend.
To such a one I say:
I love you
a love sublime
a love beyond mortality
a kind of love among the Gods
self-less and kind
ebbing and flowing
beyond the edges of
space and time.
Author: Kyra Rankin
Apprentice Editor: Brianna Miller; Editor: Caitlin Oriel