If you believe in soul mates, but don't think you've found yours, then boy, have I got a treat for you. I'm not someone who necessarily believes in soul mates. I do believe that you can find someone who suits you more than any other person, whom you love more wildly than any other person, and who will grow with you rather than against you. I'm pretty sure I've found that person, so I suppose I've found my "soul mate". But it's also true that that person came into my life by the pure chance of a bunch of variables that came together to put us both in the right place at the right time. This website, 8^8, which promises to find your potential soul mate by having you both only answer 8 questions, functions on the notion that you choose your partner from a small pool of people you chance to meet in your life. So while you think you might have met your soul mate, you probably haven't. Which sort of takes the romance out of the "meant to be" portion of having and being a soul mate.
The site explains the process:
" We typically get acquainted with less than 1,000 people before we die.
8^8 is a project designed to find the one person among the world's online population whose tastes and sensibilities match yours exactly. The one person who understands you better than anyone else possibly could, because he/she is another version of you. The one person who naturally functions on the same wavelength as you, because he/she is your soulmate - someone who could be a lover, or a best friend, but more fundamentally, someone who feels like a twin you were separated from at birth.
So how does it work? It's simple: 8^8 is a multiple-choice test with 8 questions and 8 possible answers each. Take the 8^8 test and the likelihood of someone else answering in the exact same pattern as yourself is 1 in 16,777,216 (the result of 8^8 or 8x8x8x8x8x8x8x8). If you were to meet and get to know a thousand new people every day - which of course isn't practically feasible - it would still take you more than 45 years to go through 16,777,216 people."
While I'm not convinced I would get along that well with someone EXACTLY like me (I'm super competitive, and I can't imagine two hyper-competitive people would be well suited to each other), it's certainly an interesting concept. Here are some scenarios I imagine might occur from meeting your "soul mate" this way, if you decide to take the 8 question test:
1. You hate each other
As I predicted for myself, you'll hate the mirror image of you, and prefer to go all Paula Abdul, because opposites attract.
2. You fall madly in love
Yay! Best case scenario.
3. You fall madly in love, but you can't be together
Your soul mate turns out to be your sworn enemy, and you become star-crossed lovers. Hopefully it's less Romeo + Juliet and more You've Got Mail though.
4. The test doesn't work, and the person you meet isn't your soul mate
At least you'll be able to say you tried! As Jay Z would say, onto the next one!
5. A black hole opens up and consumes the world
Maybe you're not meant to meet your soul mate, and the two of you colliding is too much for the universe to bear, so the world just kind of gets sucked into itself and there's nothing The Rock can do to save it.