A soulmate is someone who you are destined to meet and spend the rest of your life with.
However, it is often said that a soulmate can also be the best friend that you have ever had.
The thing about soulmates is that they're not just someone romantically made for you but can also be someone you consider your best friend.
This article will discuss everything you need to know about a soulmate and being a best friend.
Can a Soulmate be a Best Friend?
Yes. This is otherwise known as a platonic soulmate. But what exactly is a platonic soulmate?
A platonic soulmate is someone you meet early on in life who becomes your best friend and stays that way for a significant period.
These are people who will go through the ups and downs with you and support you in every way possible.
They are there for you when no one else is, even if it doesn't always seem like it at the time.
This is also someone who will love you for who you are, even if they don't agree with everything about you or your choices.
They won't judge you for being different from them because they know that everyone has their own path to walk down in life and that yours may not be the same as theirs, but that doesn't mean it's wrong or bad just because it's different from theirs.
Platonic soulmates understand each other on another level than most people do, which makes them perfect for each other because they don't have to worry about keeping secrets from one another or hiding things from each other because they know each other inside out already!
The Differences Between a Soulmate and a Best Friend
1. You can never run away from a soulmate
The difference between a soulmate and a best friend is that you can never run away from a soulmate.
With your best friend, it's always “If you don't like me, don't talk to me.”
But with your soulmate, when things are hard, messy, and painful, you stay together because you're meant to be – it's fate!
You need each other because there would be no balance in this world without each other.
After all, a soulmate completes the other half of ourselves (like Yin & Yang).
2. A soulmate is a divine connection
A soulmate is a divine connection with your higher self.
It's a divine connection to your higher purpose, which is often hidden from you at the moment but can be revealed to you through your most cherished relationships.
A best friend, on the other hand, is someone who knows all of your flaws and imperfections and loves you anyway.
They're someone who encourages you to be better than you are now, and as amazing as your friendship is, it isn't divine – not unless your best friend is also your soulmate.
3. You get instant recognition with a soulmate
With a best friend, it may take months—or even years—for you to develop an instant connection and feel like you have known them for ages.
With your soulmate, however, you’ll know they are the one within moments of meeting them.
You might even feel as though you have known them forever or in another life.
Soulmates can also exist on other planes of existence.
Some believe that their soulmates exist in different dimensions than their own (and we don’t just mean parallel universes).
4. Your soulmate knows you better than yourself
Your soulmate knows you better than yourself. If they're not a part of your life, it's like being blind.
They know every little thing about you—your fears, insecurities, strengths, and weaknesses—what makes you tick.
They know what your favorite foods are and what kind of music you like to listen to when no one else is around (and even how those things have changed over time).
Your best friend may be able to predict some of this information based on past interactions with you or from other people who have known them longer than both parties involved in the friendship.
However, it's unlikely that either party could say with certainty that their other half would know all these things about them if asked later down the road.
This is because many layers are involved in human relationships that aren't immediately apparent upon first meeting someone new.
5. Soulmates cross your path to learning a significant lesson
Soulmates are different from best friends in that they cross your path to learning a significant lesson.
They aren't just your friend or your lover, but also the person who will help you grow and learn somehow.
You can not choose your soulmate—the Universe does.
Soulmates are a mirror of what is missing in your own life.
They help us see ourselves more clearly by reflecting back to us our issues and emotions that we have been attempting to hide or suppress.
They remind us of who we truly are by showing up in our lives at just the right moment (or wrong moment) when we need them most.
The love between soulmates is not an ordinary love or friendship because it feels like coming home after a long journey away from yourself.
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The Similarities Between a Soulmate and a Best Friend
1. They make you comfortable
When you're with your best friend, it's easy to be yourself. Your soulmate is the same way.
You don't have to worry about how you look or what you're saying.
You can say whatever comes to mind and won’t be judged for it.
You feel comfortable around them because of their kindness and respect for who you are as a person.
That’s why they make such an excellent best friend or soul mate.
They make you feel good about yourself!
2. They are both there when you need them
A soulmate is a person who is there for you when you need them.
They listen, are supportive, and make you feel comfortable in their presence.
Similarly, a best friend is also the same way.
They listen and understand your problems and rants, which makes it easy to confide in them.
When it comes to listening and understanding, both soulmates and best friends are there for each other through thick and thin.
3. They make you better
A soulmate, like a best friend, will have your back. They will be there for you no matter what.
They want what is best for you and are not afraid to tell you if they think that something isn’t right or if there is some way in which they think you can improve yourself.
While it is true that a best friend might also encourage you to be better, there are ways in which this can come across as either harsh or even selfish at times.
Both have your best interests at heart; because of this, they will never say something just because they think it would make them look good (or vice versa).
A soulmate and best friend want nothing more than happiness for you, so they encourage you toward greater fulfillment through honesty and kind words when necessary.
4. They both listen to your problems and rants
A soulmate is a person who listens to your problems and rants.
They are there for you, supportive of everything you do.
A best friend is also a person who listens to your problems and rants, but they are there for you in the same way that a soulmate is.
You can talk about how hard life is or how great it is, depending on your mood at the time!
You may think that if someone isn't right for you romantically, then they can't be a good friend either—but we're here to tell you that they can be!
5. They make you happy
Both a soulmate and best friend make you happy.
They are there for you when you need them and for you when you don’t need them.
It's the same with your best friend and your soulmate; if they did not make you happy in some way, then why would they be so important to you?
Your best friend is someone who knows everything about who you are and still loves all of it.
Your soulmate is someone who loves everything about who you are as well.
They both want nothing more than for you to be happy, even if it means sacrificing their own happiness at times.
7 Signs of a Platonic Soulmate
A platonic soulmate is someone who you share a special connection with but don't have romantic feelings.
They're your best friend, and even though it's not always easy at first to find someone like that, once you do, it's totally worth it.
Thankfully, there are actually signs that will tell you whether or not you've found your platonic soulmate—and if so, how to keep growing your friendship over time!
1. You understand each other
If you and your platonic soulmate have a strong connection, you'll likely be able to read each other's emotions.
You'll know exactly when something is bothering them or if they're about to propose a plan for something fun.
You'll also be able to predict their actions and how they think and feel on a deeper level than most people can.
This can come in handy when it comes time for an argument.
If your best friend is upset, chances are they'll let their body language give away the fact that they're ready for a fight before they ever say anything out loud.
By paying attention to these subtle cues in advance of any conflict, you may be able to avoid having the conversation altogether by offering comfort or advice before the issue escalates into something bigger than either of you anticipated.
2. The friendship doesn't feel forced
One of the best ways to tell if you're with a platonic soulmate is whether or not the friendship feels forced.
If it's a relationship where you find yourself trying hard, but still getting nowhere, then it may be time to reevaluate things.
Sometimes we might reach out to someone we think could be our platonic soulmate, and that person just doesn't feel right.
Their style doesn't match yours, their life goals don't align with yours, and maybe even their personality clashes with yours in some way.
But if this person is someone who makes you feel at ease when they're around—they're easygoing and relaxed without being boring or complacent—then there's a chance they could be your platonic soulmate!
3. Your souls recognize one another instantly
One of the most obvious signs that you've met your platonic soulmate is that you can feel a powerful connection with them.
You may sense this connection in your heart, your soul, your mind, or even your spirit.
You might feel it as soon as you meet—or maybe not until days or weeks after crossing paths with one another.
Either way, if it's there at all (and if they're not just some random person who happens to be standing next to you), then it's definitely worth paying attention to!
4. Distance doesn't matter
Platonic soulmates can feel each other's emotions, energy, and presence.
They may also be able to sense that person's thoughts and love from a distance.
If you have a platonic soulmate, there is no distance that can separate you from this person.
They will always be with you in some way.
Whether it's through your dreams or just an occasional thought on their face, they will always be with you in some way.
When the two of you are close together, what do you feel? Do they make it easy for you to relax?
Are they considerate of your feelings? Do they tell jokes that make people laugh out loud?
Or do they share stories that cause tears to well up in their eyes?
A platonic soulmate makes life better when he/she enters your world.
5. You both inspire one another to become better
When you find a platonic soulmate, you will notice that there's an almost immediate sense of camaraderie and connection between the two of you.
This can either be because of your shared interests or due to some deeper personal traits, but either way, it will feel like there's something special about your friendship from the start.
The best part is that this feeling doesn't fade with time.
Instead, it strengthens over time as both parties become better versions of themselves through their relationship.
You both challenge each other in positive ways and inspire one another to improve yourselves—whether by becoming more resilient in difficult situations or improving upon skills to achieve success.
6. The friendship is deep and meaningful
A platonic soulmate is someone you can talk to about anything.
You have a deeper connection than most friendships, and it’s not uncommon for people in your life to feel jealous or envious of your bond.
You both have a lot in common and differences that bring out the best in each other.
You are willing to listen to and learn from each other.
This is what makes the friendship so strong and meaningful.
You trust each other with all of your secrets because you know they won’t judge or tell anyone else without consent from everyone involved.
There is no doubt about how much respect exists between platonic soulmates because they understand one another better than anyone else—even when they don’t agree on everything!
7. You can feel what they feel – and vice versa
You may notice that you and your soulmate have very similar emotional trends, or you might even be able to sense their feelings with your own intuition.
This is because the two of you are on the same wavelength when it comes to love, compassion and empathy.
You both share a deep understanding of each other’s inner selves.
This connection allows you both to feel what they feel – and vice versa!
Is a Platonic Soulmate Less Amazing Than a Romantic Soulmate?
Your platonic relationships can be just as significant as your romantic ones, especially when it comes to finding your best friend or even a mentor or teacher in life who will guide and inspire you toward greatness.
You may also find that certain friendships last longer than others and become lifelong bonds that help define your life's journey.
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