Life is like a ten-thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle. Maybe even more actually. Quite frankly, I think it’s a puzzle where you keep finding new pieces hidden, some in some corner of the box, some you might be sitting on (tell me I’m not the only one who stands up triumphantly after finishing a puzzle only to realize I have puzzle pieces sticking to my legs!), and some just a little beyond your reach.
But when the picture is complete, that’s going to be one puzzle that you’ll stare at admiringly for the longest time – with social media now at it’s peak, you’re going to be Snapchatting it, Instagramming it – with filters that change it’s very hues and tones, it’ll have long captions on Facebook, you’re going to let everyone know how tough this was and how much you can take on challenges… Yup, when the last jigsaw piece fits into the puzzle, you’re triumphantly going to look down and smile.
I say “look down” for a reason.
Because I have a theory. About jigsaw puzzles. And life. And well, a lot more: but let’s save that for another time.
Life is like a ten-thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle. We’ve established that.
The pieces, they are a part of us: this could range from anything, to everything, to nothing at all. Some pieces may just even be fillers, small moments that you believed shouldn’t even amount to a second thought in your life, but yet it’s there.
Now visualize this.
You put your hand in the bag of pieces and the first few that come out are, your family, your parents, you.. of course, right at the centre. It expands, it gets brighter: you find the right colours to fit in the right places… your friends. You’re gaining your identity through the new colours that have come into your life… You’re growing up.
Slowly, the palette changes to colours of love… of lust, of longing – and yet not far behind, are the colours of pain, loss, forgiveness, anger… You’re just growing up. Your puzzle is expanding vastly, there’s no control to which direction it’s raging in… No one can control what piece gets added on, but they do. Sometimes you have ten pieces that you know will fit right next to you: sometimes you’re stuck staring longing at the one piece that’s in your hand, searching for a place next to you, but you know that with this addition, the other pieces won’t fit, so you have to let to go, let it find its comfortable place in the puzzle.
When we meet someone, there’s this unexpected yet instant connection with them: You don’t know why and how this person has become an integral part of your life. You aren’t even sure why they mean so much. And frankly, when someone asks you how you two met, you can only smile, because just like some pieces in a puzzle, you instantly know where they have to fit. And that satisfied smile on your face when that person fits right in, that soul-satisfying connection… well that my friend, is when you know you’ve met your soulmate.
Soulmate: noun, A person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner. So that’s how Oxford dictionary defines it. But it’s me, and I can’t settle for something so… basic… for what my soulmate means to me.
So, let’s try another one…
Soulmate: “One day you meet someone and for some inexplicable reason, you feel more connected to this stranger than anyone else–closer to them than your closest family. Perhaps this person carries within them an angel–one sent to you for some higher purpose; to teach you an important lesson or to keep you safe during a perilous time. What you must do is trust in them–even if they come hand in hand with pain or suffering–the reason for their presence will become clear in due time.”
– Love and Misadventure, Lang Leav.
If I had to define the word soulmate to someone, I would say this,
“Your soulmate, that’s the perfect piece in the puzzle that sits comfortably right next to you.” – Richa Sheth
So as you rush on to finish this puzzle, as you find the right pieces, the colourful ones, the ones with broken edges, the ones that are even darker than black; as you finish this beautiful puzzle of life, a day will come when it will be complete. And that day, as you finish this life, just for a split-second, before it all ends, I believe that you’ll get to see the entire finished piece of art that you created.
So make sure that you create the best jigsaw puzzle for yourself; it sounds like a lot, I know, but this one, you owe it to yourself.