9 Signs You’re An Old Soul

 


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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 – as modeled by the Awakened Souls – 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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  • Bridgitt Lee

    I wonder if this is me or if I’m different, because I struggle a lot with learning disabilities and I get overwhelmed easily, I’m not like other people. I can remember being different as a kid, I tended to befriend my mother and grandmother more than other kids, and I couldn’t stand children. I thought everyone was quiet and played by themselves and read and did a lot of solitary things until I was ins school and realized how loud and aggressive and mean some of the other kids were especially to me, and other people who were more introverted or reserved. Your whole life your told you should be an extravert, that you should want the same things as other people your own age, and it just doesn’t feel natural. The things I want are different from them, and I’m not better, but you can’t force yourself to be someone your not, and force yourself to like people or lots of noise, if you like animals and small groups, and more solitude. Likewise, if you only want one or two close friends and not lots of facebook friends, it’s seen as odd. Oh well, new year’s resolution is to not care what others think.

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

      I made that resolution once … but realize a better one was: learn to love the person you are despite what other people think or say. The good news is that you are definitely not alone Bridgitt – just reading the comments here will show that to you!

  • faith logan

    I’m only 13 and i have been told by my mom that i have an old soul.I sometimes find myself thinking,’That’s not wise.’ or ‘you probably shouldn’t do that but i know you’ll do it anyway.’ when people do stuff that would just make things worse.I tend to examine peoples actions and sit for a long time thinking about the reasons for their actions.i’m always lost in my thoughts,commenting on the things i see or hear.It’s odd,some boy told me awhile ago that it was weird that i didn’t talk to anyone in class or listen.But he’s wrong,i hear everything everybody says and am just so busy thinking and watching calmly that i don’t respond.maybe that’s why i only have two true friend’s,in all my life here.

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

      You do sound like an Old Soul faith, particularly with your tendency to watch and observe. :) Also, better to have two friends than none!

  • Kelby

    It made sense…, growing up with friend that are 2 times older than me, love being isolated to refresh my mind or to relax, and not good at finding lovers in high school and even in my adult life. Loners is not a choice, its what you are and born with. I knew it wasn’t like oh-so-special thing, it’s just who you are and I. Nothing is nice to live like one, unless you become a famous book writer or something. :)

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

      :)

  • trappedinapettyworld

    I am a 23 year old Indian girl…can’t believe what I just read…its such a perfect description of my personality. I find it simply exhausting to try and fit in because I find everyone around me to be so immature. I lost a parent some years ago and the experience made me painfully aware of the triviality of most of our pursuits. I am a budding doctor with a spiritual outlook towards life and I just can’t find a single person my age who has similar principles…probably the reason why I am always drawn to people who are much older. The narrow outlook of people here is another problem. Everyone confines to social conventions and they are all ‘normal’ which makes me feel like an outsider. I pray that somewhere sometime I will find a soul like me in pursuit of wisdom and peace :(

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

      Like attracts like … so you will sooner or later. I felt this for quite a while, but with enough searching, I stumbled across a beautiful soul – the soul who writes with me here on LonerWolf. Sometimes if the world doesn’t give you this person or people you must go searching. That is what I did, and it worked. I wish you all the very best in finding this person or group of people you can identify with. At the very least you are aware that they are “Old Souls”.

  • mseal

    i have friend who is an old soul his name is oriel he is very old soul

  • Faye

    Its so weird. You just somehow discribed me! I am almost turning 18 and i always had problems with friends. I do had/have a lot of them, but i dont really call them good friend. Just bc i expect more from them then they can give me. Somehow i always end up having friends who are at least 6 years older than me, those r the people that i call good friends. They tell me that they forget thats im just 17 when they’re around me, just bc im so mature and always have been.
    The friends i have who r my age dont understand me. I always think difrently about things and i am somehow always acting when im around them. If i am quiet bc im thinking: im no fun to be around. If i am excited about something: im annoying. When i find this as the uneverse, the human body and sience intresting: i am a nerd. Its so annoying that theyjust dont get me that i always back out of the friendship, if i have to act so people like me. I rather be alone

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

      It’s good that you have friends though, Faye, friends that you can relate to that are older than you. But it can be hard when you’re a teenager and the pressure there is to fit in and be accepted.