A lot of people think 'soul mate' is a term used to describe that one person that's a perfect match for them, but the truth is that soul mates actually come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

And while not all of them are romantic, all of them have a significant influence in our lives in one way or another.

Some soul mates are only with you for a brief second, others are with you for a lifetime, but you'll undoubtedly remember all of them, as they all come into your life for a specific reason.

Here are five types of soul mates you will meet and learn to love in your lifetime:

Friendship Soul Mate

This person is often your best friend in life. It's someone you met and instantly knew that the two of you would become lifelong friends, because it already feels like you've been friends your entire life.

This is the person you can talk to for hours and who always has your back because they often understand you better than you do.

This soul mate is here for the long haul, so be sure to nurture the relationship and never take it for granted.

The Wrecking Ball Soul Mate

This type of soul mate comes into your life with one purpose: to rock the boat. They come into your life when you're in need of a change of perspective, challenging us to really think about our life and our plans.

You'll know when this soul mate has entered your life because they come in like a hurricane of love and passion. One that you willingly get swept up in because you've never felt such a rush.

But, just as the storm passes, leaving behind nothing but debris, so does this soul mate. The only difference is that you grow into a different person using the remnants of the relationship as a foundation.

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