I knew a woman who met her soul mate when he crashed into her front yard and living room with his car. He had fallen asleep at the top of a hill and his vehicle hurled through her living room where it destroyed her TV and other furniture but did not crash into her.
As they met and talked over what they needed to do to solve their problem, they recognized each other as if from another lifetime. They fell in love once again, rekindling a flame that had been alive within their hearts for centuries. It was an interesting situation because she was agoraphobic and was afraid to leave her house. She never went out, so the Universe brought her soul mate to her.
Do not think that the setting for meeting your soul mate must be romantic, ideal, and beautiful. I met one of my soul mates in a grimy city, known for its crime and lack of glamor. It was that instant recognition, well known to those who have had the experience. It was almost as if I fell into his eyes and he into mine. I saw deeply into his past, I saw his mother looking out at me through his eyes as well, blessing us. Many things happened during that one instant.
One thing is for certain. When soul mates are meant to be together, they will be brought together by circumstances beyond their control. But they will definitely know when it happens!