The term “old soul” is often used to describe individuals whose wisdom, sense of being, and priorities in the world are well beyond their age.
In other words, these are people who have what seems like an older soul trapped in a young person’s body.
While old souls aren’t exactly common, there are certainly plenty of them to be found.
In this article, we’ll take a look at fourteen signs of an old soul to help you determine if this meaningful description fits you and your own unique personality traits.
Sign #1: You are not too Concerned With Material Possessions
The older we get, the more we realize that material possessions simply aren’t as important as our society makes them out to be.
Instead, it’s really the connections and memories we make along the way that truly make life worth living – and old souls tend to recognize this reality much sooner than others.
If material possessions simply don’t interest you as much as they seem to interest other people then there’s a good chance that you yourself are an old soul.
Sign #2: You Easily Empathize With Others
There’s a lot of crossover between an old soul and an empath.
If you find that you find that you are deeply affected by both the highs and lows that other people experience then you are likely an old soul, an empath, or both.
In many ways, this can be a very positive thing. In other ways, strongly empathizing with the struggles of others can be a real burden.
However, it’s a burden that almost all old souls have to bear.
Sign #3: You Require a lot of Time Alone
People with old souls tend to experience a high degree of empathy and are more in tune with the emotions of others.
While this is a positive thing overall, it can also mean that old soul are quickly drained by prolonged social interactions and require a lot of alone time to recharge.
If you find yourself needing to slip away and spend some time by yourself on a regular basis or if you find that you are easily drained/overstimulated by long social interactions then it is likely due to the fact that you are an old soul.
Sign #4: You Like to Think Things Through
Wisdom and patience go hand in hand.
Since old souls are wise beyond their years, they often feel the need to think things through and ensure that wisdom is thoroughly put to use before they make a decision.
You may find that plenty of time for deliberation is a key part of your decision-making process and that failing to completely think things through leaves feeling uncomfortable unprepared.
If this description fits your own decision-making process then it’s a good sign that you are an old soul.
Sign #5: You Love Learning
The wisdom attributed to old souls is not typically something that they are born with.
Instead, old souls tend to have a passion for learning new things, and it’s this passion for learning that creates the wisdom old souls are known for.
If you love learning new things just for the sake of learning them then this a characteristic that you share in common with most all old souls.
Sign #6: You Value the Company of Older People
There’s an old saying that says, “birds of a feather flock together.”
Old souls, therefore, are often more comfortable in the company of people much older than themselves since they tend to share more in common with older people than they do people their own age.
If some of your most valued friendships are with people much older than you then it could be due to the fact that you feel more of a connection with older people.
Sign #7: You are Cool, Calm, and Collected
Do you find that you are able to stay calm even in the most stressful of circumstances? If so, you may be an old soul.
Old souls tend to realize that the circumstances of the moment are not nearly as impactful or life-changing as most people make them out to be.
Instead, old souls are able to keep the big picture in mind and stay cool, calm, and collected when everyone else is losing their heads.
Sign #8: You aren’t Excited by the Latest Fads
Being able to see the big picture at all times means that old souls don’t tend to jump on the bandwagon each time there is a new trend or fad.
Instead, people who are wise beyond their years are often able to see through the pomp and circumstance surrounding the latest fad and realize that it is only a temporary infatuation no better than everything that came before it.
If you have found that the latest crazes don’t seem to interest you much then you are likely wise beyond your years as well.
Sign #9: You Value Meeting New People
Because old souls tend to require plenty of time alone to recharge their batteries, they are often wrongly viewed as isolated people who don’t enjoy the company of others.
In reality, though, nothing could be further from the truth.
Old souls are fascinated with new knowledge and experiences and thus tend to love meeting new people.
They may not be a fan of small talk, large crowds, or social interactions that run too long, but meeting and conversing with new people is something that old souls value a lot.
Sign #10: You Give Great Advice
If anyone has ever told you that you are an excellent source of advice then there’s a good chance that you fit the characteristics of an old soul.
The wisdom and habit of thinking things through carefully that old souls possess tend to make them excellent at giving advice.
Another thing that makes old souls great at giving advice, though, is their high degree of empathy and the fact that they really care about the problems of others; when you are truly dedicated to helping someone out, the advice that you give is sure to be much better.
Sign #11: You Feel Connected to the Past
Does the past hold a certain charm for you? Are you fascinated by history and the tales of great people who came before you?
If so, you may be an old soul.
Especially in today’s modern and fast-paced world, old souls tend to experience a deep longing for the simpler times of the past.
While there’s certainly no going back now, this connection to the past is something that most old souls tend to value and nurture.
Sign #12: You Like to Reflect on Your Life
People tend to spend a lot of time reflecting on their life the closer they come to its end. Old souls, however, start this process of reflection much sooner than most.
If you find that you spend a lot of time thinking about old memories, the choices and moments that have defined your life, and the overall course that your life has taken thus far in spite of the fact that the story of your life is still far from over then you yourself are likely an old soul.
Sign #13: You Didn’t Have Many Friends as a Child
A childhood defined by a lack of friends is one of the most common signs of an old soul.
Young children often have a hard time relating to and interacting with older people.
By the same token, children also often have a hard time relating to old souls – even when those old souls are children themselves.
If you had a hard time making friends as a child, it could easily be due to the fact that you were already much more mentally mature than the rest of the children your age.
Sign #14: You are Very Introspective
As much time as old souls spend studying the world around them, they spend even more time studying themselves.
Old souls tend to be very introspective, meaning that they put a lot of energy into analyzing their thoughts and emotions as well as the unique traits that make them who they are.
This can sometimes cause old souls to be overly critical of themselves.
However, a talent for introspection is an essential part of personal growth as well as a big part of what makes old souls wise beyond their years.
Enjoying Life as an Old Soul
If you find that the fourteen signs of an old soul listed above describe you and your own life experiences then it’s likely that you are one of the rare people who are defined as old souls.
Being an old soul is its own unique burden, but it’s also a gift that can benefit you throughout your life in a number of extraordinary ways.
From the wisdom to make sound decisions to the ability to understand the value of the past and beyond, living life as an old soul certainly has its advantages and is something you should enjoy. In little time at all, you are going to have an old body to match your old soul.
For now, though, a young body and an old soul are some of the most rewarding combinations that a person can enjoy.
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