You’ve probably heard the phrase ” old soul ” before, but perhaps you haven’t given its meaning much attention. If you or someone you love is a bit isolated and thoughtful, it could point to an old soul. Old souls have trouble fitting in at times, but they often have incomparable wisdom to share.

Being an “old soul” is not always easy. Old souls are often labeled as boring or weird, and they go through life with the constant feeling that no one really understands them. If you know an old soul, take a minute to look at the world through their perspective. You could end up understanding a little better.

What is an old soul

There are some people who don’t fit the mold of those around them very well. Perhaps you have felt isolated or lonely, or simply that you were not entirely in the same place of belonging as your peers.

Perhaps it is your partner who seems to be like that, or even your son. The truth is that age has nothing to do with whether someone is an old soul or not. If your soul has been incarnated many times, you have had more experiences.

Most old souls feel a certain disconnect from the earth, and most are inherently aware that they are different.

Characteristics of an old soul

These are some characteristics of the considered old souls. Do you identify with any of them?

They love to learn

An old soul, he approaches learning from the understanding that he does not have to lead him anywhere, for example, a degree or certificate. Sure, those things are great and offer a sense of accomplishment, but for her it’s the act of learning something new and wonderful that motivates her, not the degrees.

They look lonely

Old souls are often disinterested in what other people in their age group find exciting. As a result, old souls are dissatisfied with making friends with people they cannot relate to, and they tend to find themselves on their own most of the time.

Old souls’ tendency to think hard, especially, also leads them to a lonelier existence. This reflection is also very positive.

They 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 they feel so old at heart. They have learned many lessons simply through their own thoughts.

They see no need to be unnecessarily stressed

They prefer to live without drama. They appreciate tranquility, and invite peace. They know that being productive has nothing to do with being busy or stressed, but to do with how well time is used.

They are attentive to what goes on in their hours doing, and they make sure they are doing something worthwhile, and not just keeping busy just by being busy.

They don’t waste time wondering why

Having thought things through, they move on, confident in the knowledge that they have done everything they had to do to get going. They don’t waste time trying to justify themselves or anyone else.

They have little time and patience for the absurd, and would rather use their time to do things. In the end, they understand that whatever they do, they trust that all things go as supposed, and they don’t want to question that wonderful process.

They have a different idea of ​​fun

An old soul doesn’t need a day at a theme park to have fun. They find pleasure in the little moments. They are attracted to nature.

A weekend drive out, drinking a smoothie while watching the sunset, or swinging in the park – these are the things that make them happy. They do not like to go out to go out, they prefer to do it because it really moves them for reasons that can enrich them.

They enjoy being alone

Old souls come in every personality type , from outgoing to deeply introverted and shy. They are usually, but not always, good company for others, but one thing they all have in common is that they are good company for themselves.

Here’s why old souls are comfortable in solitude: In addition to perspective and empathy, old souls tend to have pretty decent imaginations. If you’ve always been good at entertaining yourself, whether it’s being a bookworm or an artist or a keen collector, you know what we’re talking about.

Attract strangers

There is something about old souls that makes a stranger want to approach them and speak. Being accessible to lend your ear to what others have to say can be exhausting. It is difficult for old souls to withdraw from the conversation because they feel a certain sense of duty to listen.

They value the company of the oldest

You want to drink in their wisdom and hang on each of their words, while they tell you stories of their youth. You laugh at their stories of old trends, and mourn the war stories, remember with them long lost loves, and actually listen to their pearls of wisdom.

At a time when we seem to have less and less time for the more mature among us, the old soul has no more than time to give to them. That’s because you appreciate what they have to share, and let’s be honest, you secretly wish for a time when life seemed so simple.

They have “old ears”

They love and appreciate the classics, and they like the music of those nostalgic tunes. Your music collection looks like a retro music store. Probably only 10% of your collection is made up of new music, the rest are from decades past.

They know only a handful of artists today, and that’s only because they haven’t heard a record that still rivals their favorite “oldies” album.

They are not sure if they will ever find their home

The search for a place to belong is something that every old soul can relate to. They have a constant feeling that they don’t belong, even when they are with friends and family. They go through life looking for a soul mate or kindred spirit and a place that feels like home.

They are always on the lookout for their kindred spirits

Old souls are rare, which means they don’t find each other every day of the week. As a result, when they meet, there is a real connecting spark.

If you’ve ever met someone and felt like you’ve known them for years, or recognized yourself in a way that makes you feel and be understood, you know what we’re talking about. Possibly the best thing about being an old soul is that when you meet your people, the friendships you form tend to last.

They focus more on what connects people than what divides them

One reason old souls are so good at seeing multiple points of view is that they understand that people have much more in common than they realize. While most see the differences between individuals and groups, old souls see the points of connection.

If this describes you, you are probably used to being the peacemaker with your family, friends, and colleagues. Again, that’s not because you lack opinions, but you see what is really important: the things that bring us together.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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