People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life.
Just 15 days after rushing by steamer to Fort Monroe, the newly formed 5th New York Volunteers – also known as Duryee’s Zouaves – played a leading role in the first land battle of the Civil War, launching two valiant charges against vicious Confederate defenses at Big Bethel. These images recall the unit’s distinctive French-inspired uniforms and tent life at Camp Hamilton as well as the landmark battle. Click here for the 2011 150th anniversary story. – Mark St. John Erickson