9 Signs You’re An Old Soul

 

9 Signs Youre An Old Soul

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? ~ Satchel Paige

There is a special kind of person in our world who finds himself alone and isolated, almost since birth.

His solitary existence isn’t from a preference or an antisocial temperament – he is simply old.  Old in heart, old in mind and old in soul, this person is an old soul who finds his outlook on life vastly different and more matured than those around him.  As a result, the old soul lives his life internally, walking his own solitary path while the rest around him flock to follow another.  Perhaps you’ve experienced this in your own life, or have witnessed it in another person?  If so, this article is dedicated to you, in hopes that you will come to define yourself, or understand another better.

The “Old Soul”

Robert Frost, Eckhart Tolle and even Nick Jonas have been called them.  Perhaps even you have?  I did.  Like many of them, this self discovery was made upon meeting Sol, who told me about his childhood as a precocious, intelligent boy who would befriend the teachers instead of the students, just because they were too different from him.  As he related his inability to find interest in and connection to the people his age, I discovered that I felt the same, and still do.

If you have not yet discovered whether you’re an old soul, read some of the revealing signs below.

9 Signs You’re An Old Soul

 1#   You tend to be a solitary loner.

Because old souls are disinterested in the pursuits and interests of the people in their age groups, they find it dissatisfying to make friends with people they find it hard to relate to.  This is one of the major problems Old Souls experience.  The result is … old souls tend to find themselves alone a lot of the time.  People just don’t cut it for them.

2#   You love knowledge, wisdom and truth.

Yep … this seems a little grandiose and overly noble, but the old soul finds himself naturally gravitating towards the intellectual side of life.  Old souls inherently understand that knowledge is power, wisdom is happiness and truth is freedom, so why not seek after those things?  These pursuits are more meaningful to them than reading up on the latest gossip about Snooki’s latest boyfriend, or the latest football scores.

3#   You’re spiritually inclined.

More emotional old souls tend to have sensitive and spiritual natures.  Overcoming the confines of the ego, seeking enlightenment and fostering love and peace are the main pursuits of these young-in-body Mother Teresa’s.  To them it seems the wisest, most fulfilling use of time.

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4#   You understand the transience of life. 

Old souls are frequently plagued with reminders of not only their own mortality, but that of everything and everyone around them.  This makes the old soul wary and at times withdrawn, but wisely dictates the way they live their lives.

5#   You’re thoughtful and introspective.

Old souls tend to think a lot … about everything.  Their ability to reflect and learn from their actions and those of others is their greatest teacher in life.  One reason why old souls feel so old at heart is because they have learnt so many lessons through their own thought processes, and possess so much insight into life situations from their ability to quietly and carefully observe what if going on around them.

6#   You see the bigger picture. 

Rarely do old souls get lost in the superficial details of getting useless degrees, job promotions, boob jobs and bigger TV’s.  Old souls have the tendency to look at life from a birds eye view, seeing what is the most wise and meaningful way to approach life.  When confronted with issues, old souls tend to see them as temporary and passing pains that merely serve to increase the amount of joy felt in the future.  Consequently, old souls tend to have placid, stable natures as a result of their approach to life.

7#   You aren’t materialistic.

Wealth, status, fame, and the latest version of iPhone … they just bore old souls.  The old soul doesn’t see the purpose of pursuing things that can be easily taken away from them.  Additionally, old souls have little time and interest for the short-lived things in life, as they bring little meaning or long lasting fulfillment for them.

8#   You were a strange, socially maladaptive kid.

This is not always the case, but many old souls exhibit odd signs of maturity at young ages.  Often, these children are labelled as being “precocious”, “introverted”, or “rebellious“, failing to fit into the mainstream behaviors.  Usually, these children are extremely inquisitive and intelligent, seeing the purposelessness of many things their teachers, parents and peers say and do, and either passively or aggressively resisting them.  If you can talk to your child like he/she’s an adult – you’ve probably got an old soul on your hands.

9#   You just “feel” old.

Before putting a name to what I felt, I experienced certain sensations of simply being an “old person” inside.  The feelings that accompany being an old soul are usually: a feeling of world wariness, mental tiredness, watchful patience, and detached calmness. Unfortunately, this can often be perceived as being aloof and cold, which is only one of many Old Soul Myths.

Just as some old people describe themselves as being “young at heart”, so too can young people be “old at heart”.

Are you an old soul?  I’d love to hear your stories below.

Did you know?
We have an active and vibrant group of Old Souls on Facebook? Come and join us!  We also have an Old Soul Test which you might wish to take.

 

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If you feel old in mind and old in heart, you may like to read more about this experience in my new book: “Old Souls: The Sages and Mystics of Our World”.  It’s available on Amazon, Goodreads and Smashwords.  If you would like our limited time coupon, please click here.

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  1. squirrels.L says

    Hey,

    It feels really good to read these comments because I can relate to them and thought I could probably share my experiences too.

    I knew I wasn’t like my peers since I started nursery because I could recall the girls I used to spend my time with during lunch breaks. They would pick on a certain boy for the food he carried and despite being in their company, I felt a strong sense of sympathy towards this boy.

    For ten years of my life (I’m younger than 16), all I had been trying to do is fit in but I just never did. This all changed at the age of 10 when I said that I would be myself and the transition began with my music taste. I used to listen to modern pop hits but once the song was a month old it was regarded as “old”. In the summer of 2009, my parents began playing more of their music and I realized that I liked their music more than what I used to listen to.

    I spend most of my time alone, usually in my balcony during cool winter nights listening to slow, soothing music. I worry much more than I should so staying alone just calms me down and I relax. I also do struggle in school because I do excel in various areas (sports, Art and academically) but I feel much older than my peers. I usually can’t stand them; it’s like looking after young children since they indulge themselves in useless fights or invite me to hang out at malls though I would rather spend my evenings playing a good game of soccer.

    I also realized that I’m extremely empathetic and this is why I enjoy solitude. It’s quite overwhelming. I noticed this once in class as we were watching a video in English. I am hit by a wave of emotions and thoughts and feelings from students and then I knew that they weren’t mine.

    I tend to read people too and this is why I’m an introvert. Once when I was 5, I knew there was something wrong about my dad’s business partner and his family: they were too arrogant and self-centered. They betrayed my family in the end (their dad was a con man). This has happened many times before.

    Just a year ago, I used to do some sight-seeing in my free time and I would be hit by 1-2 second visions of places I’m certain I’ve never been to. This started when I transferred to a new school. It began to frighten me because I didn’t understand what was going on.

    Thanks for the post and for listening.

  2. says

    Having read this I believed it was rather enlightening.
    I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this information together.
    I once again find myself spending a lot of time both reading and leaving comments.
    But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  3. Em says

    Hey!

    I have always felt different and I’ve always been a loner, but I’m quite happy being that way. I’ve always been very insightful and I’ve been curious as to weather I am in fact, an old soul or not.

    I’m not even 20 yet and I prefer to spend my time at home with myself doing craft and learning about anything and everything I possibly can.

    I’ve always been very carefree and observational. I can feel souls omitting energy when I’m around them, animal, human and spiritual. It’s not important what I see because I know that the cells that make up the physical world are mere transparent when you can quiet your mind and spiritually intwine. There is nothing quite like the feeling of full connectedness with another.

    I love to help others, make them laugh, or smile. I see the beauty and uniqueness of everyone. I find others fascinating, talking to them, being with them, finding out what makes them unique. I uplift others by being optimistic and passionate about being alive, being for filled, being fully self-expressed and honest. I have always spent most of my time with people 20-30 years older than me, and that doesn’t bother me. Age is a silly thing to be prejudice about.

    I still feel disconnected. I left school early because I found it too easy and I just wanted to pursue life. I want to create and share the lessons I have learnt.

  4. F says

    Dear Luna,

    I can totally relate to this post, thank you so much! And, in general, thank you for the site, it’s comforting to find peer souls to share our solitudes.

    As a kid I had a lot of energy, as any kid, but I would spend it exploring nature, thoughts and uncovering the world’s principles. I would rather gather with my grandpa and his friends than with other kids. I found their stories and their experiences way more interesting than kids’s (I still prefer age groups other than my own, be it children or elderly).

    As a teenager I had really hard times. Sure I would go out, I knew a lot of people, I (almost) did what everybody else, but with a different perspective. It felt like playing my part, walking the walk and talking the talk, but nothing that would substantially add-up to my life. I felt very disconnected and, of course, that there was something missing inside me.

    From my twenties to my thirties, I spent my full time and energies trying to appease my conflicts, trying to understand myself, reading a lot of psychology, meditating (not the mainstream kind, I really had a great teacher here), and generally trying to find my place in the world.

    Now that I am over thirty, I am succesful, I have economic independence and live on my own, I am beginning to allow myself to be who I really am, at my pace, with my rules. I never felt the urge to travel the world, or to own anything in particular, or to belong to a particular group. I know everything I need to know, and if not, I know I can learn it. I observe the world, its transient-ness, human frey. It feels like I could die any given day, and there would be nothing that I would come to find still to be done. Certainly that feels like an old soul.

    I have gone through periods of depression in my life wishing for that “something” else that everybody has, the zest, the blind passion, the one-sided triviality, all of this powerfully backed-up by living in a heavily social mediterranean country. But as the path unfolds, I see there is nothing missing, the only true solution is complete acceptance.

    Thanks again for being there.

    F

  5. Psycheinlove says

    I didn’t learn about old souls till recently when I heard someone being described as such. I was immediately drawn to the term. Now, finding this page, it’s kind of a relief to me, I’m not alone after all.

    I’ve always somehow felt different. I describe myself as somewhat boring compared to people my age because I wasn’t into the same things. I love being with my own company, I love thinking, I love questioning, I love philosophizing, I love having insightful conversations. I also have this detached outlook, like we’re not really of this world, hence there’s no point becoming emotionally attached to the worldly things. Hence, at times I feel like I’m being passive yet one of the things I yearn to achieve is mindfulness, and this therefore confuses me sometimes.

    I’ve always believed that because as human beings, we value different things, we tend to manifest different ideals and attitudes and pursue different goals, hence there is no single path to living this life and I respect that.

    Hence, to everyone, may we continue to tread this life with the kind of peace and certainty we’ve always had.

    • says

      Happy to hear that you have discovered this article Psycheinlove!

      Boring is a terrible word to ascribe to yourself! Unique sounds much better, “Old Soul” even more so! Interesting how more dogmatic/emotionally involved people seem to have this tunnel vision view of life. These people often scream from the rooftops that there is only “one true path”, which I believe Old Souls generally disagree with. So it’s refreshing to come across the rare person who sees that all paths lead to the same destination.

      Luna

  6. TheSchubita says

    Hi!

    I agree with most point, except the “materialistic” part. I like having and collecting lots of things, I don’t necessarily care if they’re expensive or a “status symbol. Rather, I like quirky stuff that stands out and noone else has, I just like having thing and collections I guess. Also, the “feeling old” part. I don’t feel old a lot, but rather, I feel like I have all the time in the world. Time, in the “grand scheme of things”, simply doesn’t matter that much. I don’t care if I have children at 30 or 40. I mean, I like being on time for appointments but for the “deadlines” of life I don’t care all that much.
    Also, while I like solitude for gaining energy back, I also like being around people and entertain them/make them laugh, and exploring things.

    Does that make an old soul nonetheless, or am I simply “mature”, yet not old?

    Thank you!

  7. P says

    Hmm.. I agree with everything here, except for the materialistic part. I tend to be somewhat materialistic – I want the best, or rather, I don’t like limits. I want the latest version of the iPhone cause it’s faster than the older versions and ergo more useful. Quality matters in everything – and quality never just falls in your lap. However, I noticeably don’t always have the energy to go after what I want. I could, but I’m mostly like: “It’d be great if I had the new iPhone, but it’s just not worth it. I’ll make do with what I have.” Status and fame – couldn’t care less.
    Everything else, spot on.
    Thank you, nice post.

    • says

      Thanks P. Almost all of the signs here are very general, and are easily identifiable by almost anyone. However, what sets apart the Old Soul is a feeling of being old inside, like a old woman or man. I’d say that would be the most important, and revealing, sign of an Old Soul at heart.

      But I do agree, quality over quantity :) That’s why I lament that most things these days aren’t made to be repaired, or even to last more than 10 years – but to be thrown away and replaced easily. :-|

      Thank you for reading and sharing here!

      -Luna

  8. andi says

    1st stumbled across the 9 signs of an old soul on Facebook
    It felt like coming home, so I just Googled it to show my daughter, to see if she could recognise me, or maybe herself in the description.
    It doesn’t change how lonely and detached I feel, but thanx for showing me that someone gets me xxx

    • says

      But hopefully the knowledge that many people share these feelings with you is something of a reprieve, and even relief, knowing you aren’t alone in your differences. My hope is that all people here can learn, eventually, to become enough unto themselves, in order to banish such common feelings of loneliness. I struggle with this sense of alienation and isolation as well, which is what drove me to create the Old Soul Facebook group (link above in article). Perhaps you can join us there and connect with like-minds?

      -Luna

  9. says

    It’s just strange seeing a website take what I’ve always felt and share it to the world, I’m only 13, so this is a great explanation on why I’m so understanding when it comes to relationships, emotions, and love. I’ve always passed classes with no problem, as if I already learned everything, I just considered myself a young therapist haha, but an old soul seems to fit perfectly.

    • says

      That’s what I always thought (and others too, my parents quite often saying “stop psychoanalyzing!”) Old Soul does seem to be a much more appropriate fit. :)
      It’s good that you have discovered this article at such a “young” age, as it will help you through the tumultuous times of teenage years.

      All the very best,

      -Luna

  10. ryan says

    Yes.. I’m all of those things…. I’ve been called “grampa” or “dad” countless of times with my friends – especially when I was a teenager. I always thought, if the idea of old soul actually exists then I probably was one. Interesting post and website!

  11. sampea says

    I don’t particularly consider myself an old soul, but sometimes, I just feel like I’m in the wrong era. Like, today, it seems that all science cares about is to increase the technologies. Some even explore the prospect of finding a way to make us live forever. I don’t really think it’s worthwhile, because without death I feel that, eventually, we would no longer have fun living. I can’t say I’m whole-heartedly ”vieux-jeu”, as I have a problem with using Internet so much, but sometimes, I wish I could go back to when I was young, where we didn’t have a computer.

    To come back to my feeling of being in a wrong era, I just feel like everything has be done. And I sometimes feel like I don’t belong to my age group (young adult). Does anyone ever feels like this?

    • says

      Social displacement, yes, I’ve certainly experienced that before Sampea! The other day I was sitting on a bus, and every single person I could see was absorbed on their phones texting, playing games or listening to music. While technology has made life more convenient and fast, it really has deprived society of some essential element it used to have. So I can see where you are coming from.

      As always, you are not alone in this feeling of alienation.

      -Luna

  12. Dan says

    8 out of 9 apply to me. There’s nothing I’d rather do than sit in silence and watch the sun set. Other than that I just like to walk in nature. It makes it difficult to find the desire to engage in pursuits which I find worldly. I suppose the point of life is to teach people what I know…that everything in this world will pass, and the only thing that matters is what is left after all of that is done.

    The end is coming.

    • says

      “The end is coming”, very few people think this way, and that is what I believe separates the Old in soul from the Young in soul. The Old are very aware of death, that it is very quick, spontaneous and is right around the corner. The Young don’t give much thought to it, or else avoid it, which is understandable, they don’t feel ready to go!

      Thank you for your thoughts and for sharing here!

      -Luna

      • says

        This is so very true, when I was very young I always thought differently, I was the youngest of my family and it would always come to mind “I’m going to be the last one to die in my family”