What Does It Mean To Be An Old Soul?
Posted on October 7, 2018
“It doesn’t matter what world you live in; what really matters is the world that lives in you.”- Learning Mind.
One of the most beautiful things to witness as a father or a mother is to watch the slow growth and maturing of a new soul, born into this world with fresh eyes and a playful, childlike understanding of life. What happens when, as a father or mother, you bring into this world a child who displays a variety of unusual and incongruous traits with that of being a youngster?
Instead of being fresh and uncomplicated, your child is experienced and intuitive.
Instead of being naïve and spontaneous, your child is sensible and knowing.
Instead of being wide-eyed and simplistic, your child is perceptive and complex.
Although strange and perplexing, the Old Soul child is one of the greatest unexpected blessings life has to offer not only because of their innate wisdom, also because of the level-headed stability they have to offer.
You may be unaware of this – your soul ages.
In the same way that we age through this life, gathering wisdom, knowledge and experience, we also age through our soul’s journey. When we talk about an old soul, you probably associate the term with an old person.
An old soul is quite different.
You probably see an old person as being frail, slow, perhaps worn out emotionally, mentally or physically.
An old soul is a much more elevated position. When a soul has experienced a large amount of its journey, it picks up experience and knowledge of a spiritual nature.
We tend not to take our memories from one life to the next however, our soul’s experience stays the same.
There is a special kind of person in our world who finds themselves alone and isolated, almost since birth.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “old soul” before.
Maybe you haven’t given its meaning much thought.
When you or someone you know is withdrawn and thoughtful, it might signal an old soul.
Old souls have trouble fitting in sometimes, yet they often have unparalleled wisdom to share.
I never quite fit the mold of those around me.
I felt isolated and alone. I wasn’t in the same realm as my peers.
The truth is, age has no bearing on whether someone is an old soul. When your soul has been incarnated many times, it’s had more experiences.
Most old souls feel a certain disconnect from the earth, and most are inherently aware that they’re different.
I was often uninterested in what other people in my age group found exciting. As a result, I wasn’t satisfied making friends with people I couldn’t relate to, and I found myself on my own a lot of the time. This is still true today.
The old soul’s tendency to think a lot about everything also leads them to a more solitary existence. This reflection is hugely positive, too. Old souls can learn from their actions and the actions of those around them, which gives them insight into countless situations, which is one of the reasons why they feel so old at heart. Old souls have learned many lessons simply through their own thoughts. Spiritually inclined and with an inherent sense of life’s transience, old souls gravitate towards intellectual pursuits. Old souls see the power in knowledge and the happiness that comes from wisdom. Going after this kind of satisfaction is much more fulfilling for old souls than engaging in gossip or anything materialistic.
When you or someone you know is particularly intellectual, it may signal an old soul. Yes, children, perhaps your child, perhaps you yourself can be an old soul.
Like their adult counterparts, children with old souls are typically dreamy, withdrawn, and thoughtful.
There’s no one way a child with an old soul acts. They relate well to people much older than them, yet they can also get into trouble with adults because they don’t like listening to authority.
Likewise, children who are old souls can underachieve or overachieve. About 10% of the world’s population are made up of old souls – and when you aren’t an old soul yourself, you’ve most likely met one.
Bono, Cameron Diaz, Denzel Washington, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ellen DeGeneres, Elon Musk, Hope Solo, Jim Carrey, Kathy Bates, Keanu Reeves, Leonardo DiCaprio, Leslie Mann, Matthew McCaughey, Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Frost, Robin Williams, Russel Brand, Socrates, Eckhart Tolle, Nick Jonas, Tom Cruise and even Will Smith have been called old souls. Perhaps even you have? When you have not yet discovered whether you’re an old soul, read some of the revealing signs.
You aren’t materialistic.
Wealth, fame, status and the latest version of the 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.
You are / were a strange, socially maladaptive kid.
This is not always the case, however, 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 parents, peers and teachers say and do, and either passively or aggressively resisting them. When you can talk to your child like he/she’s an adult – you’ve probably got an old soul on your hands.
You are who everyone comes to for advice.
This is a good thing, and it has a struggle. Who do YOU turn to when you need advice?
Your problems aren’t usually “Why did Alan talk about me to my girlfriend behind my back?” or ” Betsy’s selfie on Instagram copied mine.” So who do you turn to when you feel your life is getting heavy? Exactly. Here’s where a few good friends come in handy.
You forget how to have fun.
Or at least the type of fun your peers are having.
People your age don’t understand you, and sometimes you don’t understand them. This usually makes making long-term friends hard, and you don’t need a lot of friends. Just a few good ones.
Needing a mass of friends goes away and as you age and mature you really understand the concept of quality vs quantity. However, watching a ton of your peers go out and do things that look fun remind you of your differences and kind of alienate you from them.
You can watch it happen and know you wouldn’t get an ounce of enjoyment out of it and wonder why not?
You kinda feel jipped of your childhood and “fun” years because you enjoy other things.
You have spiritual awareness.
Old souls tend to have a grounded sense of spirituality, the result of many lifetimes of spiritual experience.
According to spiritual awakening,
“The old soul might be spiritually aware from birth or experience a spiritual awakening any time from childhood into young adulthood. For the very old soul, it’s usually sooner rather than later.
The old soul is spiritually activated and the life plan that it chose before birth becomes subconsciously remembered.”
You just “feel” old.
Before putting a name to what I felt, I experienced certain sensations of simply being an “old person” inside. I was also born with old hands. As a child I was teased by kids saying I had old lady hands.
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.
You like to help others.
Old souls will actively need to help the planet or other people, setting up charities or teaching others some of their wisdom. Others are much more simple and only help when they see someone who needs it in their life.
However, they all like helping others in some way.
You love knowledge, truth and wisdom.
Yep … this seems a little grandiose and overly noble, however, the old soul finds herself / 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 some actresses latest boyfriend, watching MTV or knowing the most recent sports scores.
You may struggle finding a significant other
Old souls are basically immediately eliminated out of the dating pool. Based on the maturity difference it would require extreme patience from another person and the odds of it working are slim to none so it’s just not worth wasting anyone’s time. Really you just have to wish for the best. You just want to love, and to be loved back in the deepest possible way. You are wired to love deep, and to fall even harder.
You’re harder on yourself.
Because you feel different you want to use the traits you have to just get ahead.
When you aren’t going to have the “wild” years then might as well use them to get on in your life and move towards your goals. So when you want to progress faster than life allows it can be frustrating and discouraging.
You see the bigger picture.
Rarely do old souls get lost in the superficial details of getting useless degrees, job promotions, boob jobs, hair extensions and bigger TV’s. Old souls have the tendency to look at life from a bird’s 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.
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 old souls. To them, it seems the wisest, most fulfilling use of time.
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 learned 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 is going on around them.
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 challenges Old Souls experience. The result is … old souls tend to find themselves alone a lot of the time.
Abusive, badgering, clingy, depressed, hateful, insecure, judgmental, unkind, unloving, mean, nasty people just don’t cut it for them.
You understand the transience of life.
Old souls are frequently plagued with reminders of not only their own mortality, also that of everyone and everything around them. This makes the old soul weary and at times withdrawn, and wisely dictates the way they live their lives.
Just as some old people describe themselves as being “young at heart”, so too can young people be “old at heart”. When you are an old soul, embrace it. Make friends with grandparents, who cares!
Enjoy your alone time, walks in the park, your book on the porch, and your glass of wine with dinner!
Do what makes you happy and the right people will enter your life.
REMINDERS TO NON-OLD SOULS.
We are NOT boring. We like to have fun too. It just might not be what you would choose. It doesn’t mean we don’t want to be included. Please remember us.
We are still young and at times we also make mistakes. We make mistakes just like everyone else. We don’t know everything and it doesn’t make us superior.
We aren’t weird. We aren’t overly deep. We aren’t old people.
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. ~ Robert Frost