I love featuring love letters that readers volunteer to share with me and today is no different. The following is a love letter to say goodbye to a soul mate. Enjoy!
Writing this letter is the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life so far, and I hope I never have to do anything like it again. We have been together now for a little more than a year, and it has been quite a time for both of us. We met when we were both in our last year of university studies, and we immediately hit it off. We seemed to have so much in common, besides being in the same department and having the same major of English. I still remember the time we were in a local coffee shop and the sound system started up with a piece of relatively obscure music from the Baroque period. It happened to be one of my favorites, and you unbelievably knew not only the composer, but the name of the particular performer we were hearing. I fell in love with you on the spot.
I found out as we continued on our journey that we had much more than a love of old music and English lit in common. You and I were clearly seekers, the kind of people who are not satisfied with the usual answers to the big questions, but had to find our own paths to understanding. You understood that the vast majority of people live their lives without even thinking about mysteries such as why are we here, what is the purpose of life, what should we be doing with our time, and so on. But you and I did, and we embarked on a journey of discovery together.
Over the course of our time together, we have come to realize the immeasurable importance of being true to our callings, to being honest in every way with ourselves and each other, and being willing to follow wherever our individual paths may lead. That’s why we have come to this point in our time together that brings so much pain, and yet is somehow a joyful time as well. We have both come to the conclusion that we know what we need to do, and it is time to do it. The problem is that our chosen paths are leading us in divergent directions, and there is simply no way we can carry on as a couple.
While we both have arrived at this stage of our relationship at the same time, I want you to be absolutely certain of how I feel about you. I want you to know that I love you in a way that is hard for me to express, and I’m usually pretty good with words. The cliché of being soul mates is one that we always tried to avoid, even though it seemed very appropriate for our relationship. What we became for each other was a combination of lover and teacher, of student and master. We have learned so much together, spent so much wonderful time together, and became more real and genuine in the process. My love for you will always be pure and deep, no matter where our lives take us. Please remember that always, and take care of yourself.