9 Signs You’re An Old Soul


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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.

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  • RAyer132

    I’m 20 and have been thinking I was an old soul forever (at least since I learned about them). I think this is why my sister and I don’t get along so well. She gets mad because I can’t make myself care about current like she does, I get mad because she’s always trying to label me. I don’t know if I’m an old soul (maybe I’m like really really old), I’m to the point of burning bridges & watching the shit hit the fan.

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      You might be a mature soul RAyer132: http://lonerwolf.com/11-signs-youre-mature-soul/
      Otherwise, I can relate. I could never connect to any of my family, including my brother and sister. In the end I burnt bridges and moved on. It was the best choice I made.

  • Anonymous_Sender

    OMG, I just have to say… I am sooo happy I found this article. For a long long long long time, I thought there was something wrong with me. It wasn’t until I met this women who said I had an old soul, which kind of dawned on me. So here I am, Googling “Old Soul!” I read every comment and it’s truly nice to know I am not alone. Like Elizabeth said, I really thought I was emotionally anavailable (an emotional rock) as well. I just couldn’t say things like, “I miss you” or “I love you” to a person after knowing them for a short period of time. This caused a lot of issues in my personal life, which lead to loss of friends and such. Sometimes I want to be like everyone else and I try to, but eventually I fall right back in line–being alone and enjoying myself. At 24, I realized that is what makes me happy the most and I’ve accepted that. Thank you!

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      “I am who I am” – possibly one of the most freeing statements we could ever apply to ourselves! It’s wonderful that you can finally affirm your worth, and also discover a group of people who you can relate with so closely!
      Thank you for commenting here Anonymous_Sender!

  • Jenna Blevins

    Yup…it’s also called, “Borderline Personality Disorder”…At least that’s what the “experts” say.

    • Some random dude

      Who’s really to say that something is wrong with someone else cause once you think about it aren’t we all a little fucked up anyway. There is no normal and everyone has there own problems and ways of thinking, these are just some peoples perspectives but I respect your point of view just trying to give you a different viewpoint on this subject. :)

      • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

        I’ve always found self-proclaimed ‘experts’ amusing :D As if a piece of paper that says “degree” or “diploma” on it can really ascertain your true level of knowledge and deep understanding!

  • Kfish

    I am 11. This article is pretty much me and I feel better now for reading it. Thank you. It is so hard going to school. A lot of the kids at school are nice to me and I feel I have a ton of school friends but outside of that I am alone.

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      Kfish, you must be one of the youngest (earth aged) readers to comment here … and it is something all Old Souls can relate to: that feeling of being alone and isolated. But remember that there are many “fish in the sea”. When I was younger I found a lot of solace in talking to older people. Also, now that the internet is so popular, it’s much easier to find groups of like-minded people! Nevertheless, life gets better with age! But it is good, at least, that you have a group of ‘friends’, and aren’t rejected or outcasted as many Old Souls are when young.

  • Alex

    Wow this article pretty much describes my whole life, by the way I’m only 18 at this time and I feel as though I have the mind of a 45 year old. To be honest I sometimes feel as if it is a curse but I know that many people have it much worse than me so really this is a blessing. I’m happy that I have this type of mindset but it is a lonely one, indeed. It’s so weird to see that their are other people that are kind of like me in a way. I have always felt in life as an observer not really fitting in anywhere not thinking that I could make friends or blah blah blah haha, but then I realized why be so selfish and self centered, these problems that I’m having are only little tiny problems in a big world with many problems and I shouldn’t worry about my tiny little minuscule problems when once again people have it way worse than me so I should try to help them because helping others is really why I feel I exist. Even religion seems to baffle me not to demean it in any way because to each his own but my religion is simple I believe in people, I believe in the goodwill of people and I believe that no matter what their will always be people who will be willing to lend a helping hand. I don’t understand how some people are just nice because they want to get into what they believe is heaven. I really don’t care where I go after I die as long as I’ve changed this world for the better I’m fine with burning in hell for all I care haha. Also I’ve come to understand these principles in life that I will soon be getting tattooed on my body. The first being time, I’ve come to understand that time heals all wounds and I shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. Second is Peace it is what I stand for, as in my way of living. Third is love because you can’t live life without it. Finally my religion being people which I had already explained. Wow its so weird to write all this down. Sorry about the long post but just feels kind of cool to relate with people for a change you know.

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      Alex, I loved reading your comment, thank you :)
      I especially relate to your comments about religion, and the principles of life you mentioned: love, peace and true religion. It is refreshing to hear from a person who has such a broad perspective and understanding of life. So many people get lost in the little day-to-day details which slowly undo them. But very little matters in the end except for what legacy you leave.

  • Bryan

    I thought I was just a f*****g weird kid but as soon as I saw this article idk it just described me exactly and I’m only 16 its really odd living so old inside and everybody around me is just so young inside, they’re all wired up in social media and trying to get attention. This is pretty cool knowing that there is others like me, everybody sees me as extremely mature.

  • Shayboogie

    When I was young, I have always felt more mature than my friends. Even my elders and other people, felt I was older than I was at the time.

    I always was the person my friends went to for advice. I rarely went to my friends or parents for advice because I had this “knowing”. As if I knew what I was talking about even though I may not have experienced the situation. More often than not, I tend to be always right about things. I had a friend who even admitted that she didn’t like seeking my advice any longer because she knew I would be right..haha

    Throughout my life, I have felt that way. And I always had a good sense about people or situations.

    I didn’t realize the connections until I experiences one of the most painful things in my life. That is what made me spiritually awaken. Everything and my whole life started making more sense. LIFE made more sense. Throughout that time, I started seeking truth in my spirituality. I met a lot of gifted people and people who I knew in past lives. Even they started saying that I was an “old soul”. It all made sense!

    I’ve experiences so much since then that further validated my old soul. It’s been a beautiful and true blessing to know some truth. I am still learning thru my journey in this life. I have much to learn no matter how OLD I am haha But it’s an amazing feeling to know that God and all heavenly beings are with me guiding me and protecting me during my life’s journey. They are the only beings who have always been there for me and I am eternally grateful for that!

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      No matter how old we are inside or out, there are still lessons to be learnt in one way or another. But that brings the life into life! It’s wonderful to hear that you are finding peace on your path.
      Thank you for commenting!

  • nauphragus

    Like many other youngsters in the comments, I can also relate to what you wrote. I am 27, but I go to college again, with 19 year olds, and it is incredibly hard to make friends. But it has been like this all my life.
    Now, what I’d like to ask you if you can mention any negative aspects of being an old soul. Because everything you write is so nice and positive (who wouldn’t like to be special? who wouldn’t love justification for being socially awkward as a kid?), but as there is no 100% in anything in this world, definitely there must be some negative traits that old souls possess. The other question I have is whether you have any advice to blend in easier, not necessarily by changing who we are or denying our spiritual history, but just to connect easier to “younger souls”. Thanks!

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      You are right Nauphragus, nothing is ever black and white, and neither are Old Souls. Negative elements about Old Souls tend to be perceived differently according to the Soul Age, but we can be seen as aloof, detached, sometimes even uncaring. Old Souls also tend to get tired very easily, don’t bother with frivolous connections, and can tend to be demotivated, perhaps even lazy at times, not seeing the worth in much. I will be publishing an article similar to this one about ‘Mature Souls’ which you may like to read in a couple of days. This could assist you as well. In terms of connecting with younger souls, it is definitely a challenge, but patience is the key, as well as understanding of their conscious limitations. You can certainly learn a lot from them though, particularly about yourself!

  • Alana

    I can’ believe what I just read. You have described me perfectly, even though you don’t even know me. I am a 16 year old girl and I oftentimes feel quite alone. It is a profound loneliness and it won’t leave me. I think of things I shouldn’t think about; of life, death. I think of death alot. I reflect on matters long forgotten, of lost civilisations and people; I think of everything. But I can’t share it, because all my peers think about is if their instagram picture will get likes. That is why I’m usually seen as a quiet and reserved. I am not shy, but I simply get perceived as such because I prefer not to waste my words on insignificant nonsense. It is difficult. Adults think of me as a regular teenager and treat me as such( only some of them know I am a bit different from the majority), and I have friends, but they don’t understand. I’ve tried to talk to them but I found it to be in vain. And knowledge, I adore knowledge. History as well; I love it with all my heart. I enjoy learning of kings and queens, battles, Romans, Egyptians, about Socrates, Petrarch, Elizabeth I, the list is infinite. I read, and I listen not just modern music, but also classical. I often wish I was “normal”. It would certanly make life easier.

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      Teenage years are very difficult for the Old/Mature in soul, but you are certainly not alone Alana (although it may feel that way right now). Slowly through life you will meet others who resonate on your wavelength – but of course, you must keep digging until you find the ‘gold’.

  • JMH

    I am a 15-year-old girl, and I enjoy things that no one else my age does, such as knitting, having in-depth discussions about various topics, studying exhibits at museums, giving communion at church, talking with the elderly at nursing homes, and reading history textbooks for fun. I am homeschooled now because I was bullied in school, and I believe it was in part due to the fact that I was always “different.” I thought that something was wrong with me until I found your blog. Thank you so much for writing this. I can’t tell you how much this has helped me. :)

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      It makes me happy to read a comment such as yours JMH as it reminds me of why I wrote such an article in the first place! Thank you for reading, and all the best with this new-found self-knowledge!

  • Wesley Lovewell

    Well when it comes to me. I literally experience 1,000 years every day, so after about 16 years it gets very tiresome.

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      It does get tiresome, but wherever you are, there are always small glimpses of beauty and mystery. Even Old Souls don’t know the answers to all mysteries in the world.

  • me

    Believe in Jesus, worldly wisdom just doesn’t cut it

  • lightsaltearth

    Ever since I can remember, I have always felt older than those around me. I have always felt alienated from everyone, almost as if I am of a different species or race. Inconsistencies jump out and scream at me. Most folks never notice them. Patterns are everywhere to be remembered and used. Everything is a learning tool, if one merely pays attention. It appears as if most if not all are distracted and out of tune. I have learned to interact and try not to overwhelm. I have peace with who I am.

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      I love this part of your comment Lightsaltearth: “Patterns are everywhere to be remembered and used. Everything is a learning tool, if one merely pays attention.” Very true, and very useful for everyone to know. Thank you for commenting. It’s nice to connect with another Old Soul.

  • Clayton Sanchez

    I am an old soul, and shall be an old soul till I go. Finding someone with enough depth to date is the hardest thing I go through. Actually it’s not because I don’t date. Eventually though I know I will get to a point where I am comfortable with the difference and just take it as it is, old souls still mature like everyone else, and that is just part of maturing. It’s not settling for less – it’s accepting things simply for how they are and adjusting.

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      I’m sure whoever you need the most to be introduced into your life, will, Clayton. That the wonderful thing about non-resistance: it opens us up to a world of possibilities and unique doorways. I admire your philosophical outlook. Thank you for sharing, and best wishes!

  • Zanderphis

    A child lost in a forestfinds a tree full of aples, he takes the seeds and puts them in a sack. Years later the child dies and Is buried with the seeds that he collected from around the world…
    The Mealenia comes there is war, there is death, there is conquest, there is desease, four times the nations faild, the finale breath excaped the last man as he grieved at a grave asking to be forgiven…
    Suddenly a sproutling came forth from an ancient grave, it grew strong and healthy in the barren waste land, it was a fruit tree that bore many kinds of fruit more than could be counted…
    Soon the grave yard became green, animals came from hiding, a spring sprouted, and the plants cleansed, the world a garden, it begins anew…

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      A beautiful and meaningful story, thank you Zanderphis. <3

  • caleb smart

    I’m really glad i stumbled across this it blew my mind because it has been bugging me my whole life you pretty much just described me in almost ever way but i stayed getting more into it because Ik very close to this elderly lady and it seems that she was right she had told me a lot of what i just read. She told me that she if is fascinated by the way i think and act she informed me i have a very old soul that has been around for hundreds of years i didn’t believe her at first but after thinking about it and researching it a lot i would have to agree with her 100% but it’s so to describe it no matter how hard i try

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      It’s wonderful when you discover something new about yourself, something that you share with many others! Thank you for commenting here Caleb!

  • Emma

    Sometimes I feel bad for not belonging to a social group. The friends I have made seem to have no trouble expanding their social groups, while I’m still the same lonely kid that I’ve always been–if not lonelier. I admit that I feel a splinter of jealousy at seeing my friends make more friends. The thing is, I would rather befriend older people than people my own age. It doesn’t stop me from feeling like the odd kid out.

  • Guest

    Sometimes I feel bad for not belonging to a social group. The friends I have made seem to have no trouble expanding their social groups, while I’m still the same lonely kid that I’ve always been–if not lonelier. I admit that I feel a splinter of jealousy at seeing my friends make more friends.

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      It’s hard being the lone wolf .. I’ve always struggled with it, and it makes you question yourself a lot. When you’re young it’s quite difficult, but as you grow older it’s easier to accept the way you are (especially as you find yourself in fewer clichey situations).

  • PK

    I liked hanging out with old people as a child. I couldn’t relate to other children and found their games stupid. My parents forced me to play with other children and they even took me to a psychologist because they found my behaviour weird.

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      Now you know that you weren’t weird PK, and that many people in this world share these same quirks!

  • eckythimble

    Hi a very nice site.
    One tip: photos of old people with old souls are impressive, but photos of children with old soul eyes really catch the attention due to the contrast.

    Always felt humans varied much more on the inside than you could see from the inside, based on life(s) experience. I also have an intense drive to complete a “mission” of sharing my knowledge on certain topics in this life and so was relieved to recently publish my first academic paper on a subject I’ve never formally studied… just thought about it deeply in my spare time.

    I think for all those old souls who are struggling for meaning, find what you’re good at and perfect that even more in this life using modern jargon, and then start sharing it. Also don’t exclude, sharing for money, e.g. being a professional consultant in your field. No need to be a poor Old soul!

    One thing I find a little bit hard is Baby souls. Mature and even Young souls are often receptive to my assistance, but the Baby ones think they know everyhting better, are often strict religious and ironically like to fret about the state of my soul. And when I try to assist them in any way, they get offended because hey they think know it all all better and are anyway habituated to their high stress, gossipy lives. I guess the lesson for me is… assist only when asked…

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      Thanks for the tip Eckythimble, that was my first preference, but it’s difficult to find such pictures on the internet! Hopefully the one I chose will suffice though.

      Haha, try living with Baby Souls … but everyone, no matter what Soul Age they have provide useful lessons (if not simply serving as mirrors to reflect back ourselves).

      Also, I’m sure many who visit this page will appreciate your advice! :)

  • deanohboy

    Well that’s my whole life summed up… I come from a line of old souls; my mother and grandmother are old souls, but then again my mother is a caulbearer and my grandmother used to be a seer (possibly still is). But anywho Thank you for the wonderful article, twas very enlightening!

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      Thank you for reading :)

  • Lilly

    Wow I’m 18 and I have older friends who come to me for advice about any issues they have. I’ve been told since I was 16 that I am wise beyond my years. It’s amazing! I’m very mature and very different from my generation, which makes people gravitate towards me. I truly admire being this way ♥

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      It can be a blessing and a curse Lilly, but it’s wonderful that you can experience so freely the benefits of having a matured mind. :)