16 unique signs you’re an old soul and wise beyond your years

It always seems funny to hear someone say “she has an old soul,” like they can see into their soul. Generally, we say this about people because of a vibe we get from them.

The laid back, relaxed, no nonsense kind of people: they are generally thought to be old souls. These people focus on the here and now, but also understand the importance of where they came from and where they are going.

It’s a compliment to be called an old soul.

It implies that are wise beyond your years and that means you have many more ahead of you to make good choices, bring good to the world, and your life.

But if are you the person being told you have an old soul, you might not know exactly what that means. And in fact, you might have spent your entire life struggling to fit in with a society that cherishes youth and action.

Here are 9 ways to tell if you have an old soul.

1) You Seek Out Alone Time

People with old souls needs time to think and focus on themselves.

Introverts are often considered old souls because they spend time reading and journaling and doing things that make them feel alive, instead of focusing on outwardly sense of purpose.

They live their life they way they want and find peace by themselves.

2) You Find Peace in Knowledge, Truth and Wisdom

Do you read a lot? Do you find yourself dropping everything to seek the answer to a question that is burning inside you?

Are you curious about the world around you and long to find more information about the things you want to know?

Are you happy to listen to people tell old stories and learn from how things used to be?

You might be an old soul if you spend more time with books than people.

3) You Feel Tapped into Your Spiritual Side

Not everyone feels comfortable acknowledging their spiritual side, and even less people feel comfortable connecting with it. But you spend time everyday getting to know you for you, and enjoy what you have found so far.

You are encouraged by the fact that there is something bigger than you and the world and you feel motivated to do good because of it.

God, the Universe, Mother Nature – whatever it is that you feel connected to, don’t hide it away.

4) You Feel Connected to the Past

You look to your past and the lives of others to learn about the world. You have a special connection with those that are older than you and you cherish the information, knowledge and skills you have learned from them over the years.

You see the purpose in taking care of our elderly and work to ensure that they understand their worth in the world today.

You feel closer to someone older than you than you do of the people your own age – but that is nothing new. You’ve always been ahead of everyone else when it came to your age group.

5) You Spend Time Reflecting on Your Life

You like to learn about yourself and how you can improve your life from the inside out. You don’t look to others to make things better for you.

You know that it’s up to you to make it through this life in one piece and you ensure that you take time everyday to reflect on what has transpired in order to learn about how you can move forward in life.

6) You Understand There is a Bigger Picture

You don’t always need to know the how, but you always know the why of what you are doing.

People are afraid when they don’t know how to do something, but you trust that the world will show you the way if you are open to it because you know that there is something bigger going on here.

7) You Don’t Need a lot of Things

You don’t derive pleasure or meaning from your belongings. They are tools to help you navigate this life, but you could be fine without them.

You prefer the company of books and journals to television and people. Fancy things only distract you and keep you from focusing on what you really want in life.

8) You Didn’t Have a lot of Friends as a Kid

If you always felt like you were the odd-one-out when you were in school, it could be that you were more mature than the rest of the kids.

Maybe you liked different music, books, or activities. Maybe you didn’t see the point of drinking until you couldn’t see when you were in high school and so you didn’t get along with other people.

Or you had to pretend to like certain things to fit in. Now that you are older, you see that there is no need to pretend anymore.

9) You Just Feel More Mature and Wiser Than Others

No matter how old you get, you’ll always feel a little out of place amongst people. Because that is not where you get your energy from – you get it from inside yourself.

Your knowledge gives you peace and helps you feel part of the bigger plan. There’s nothing wrong with you: you are just experiencing life on a different level than other people. And that’s what makes you special.

10) You Understand Emotions

You feel emotions strongly and have a unique ability to understand other people’s emotions. While it can be difficult to be so passionate and sensitive, you need to understand that your abilities make you an incredible human being.

In a broken and disconnected world, old souls are more needed than ever.

11) Wise Beyond Your Years

If you are an old soul, it’s likely that you have been referred to as more mature than your friends, even from a young age.

You might have always felt like you were a bit older, not just physically, but mentally.

Perhaps you didn’t always get along with people your own age because you were seeing things from a different perspective.

It can be difficult when you are young and don’t understand why you are different, but as you age, it becomes more clear that you meant to be this way. Being an old soul is a gift, not a curse.

12) Advice Flows Like Water

You might have noticed that people are always coming to you for advice. You’ll be asked about everything under the sun: big and small. What makes you an old soul is that you take the time to talk to people when they ask you questions.

You realize that they are asking for your help because they trust you so you take these conversations seriously. You give a lot of yourself and never expect anything in return.

13) Home is Where the Heart Is

People who have old souls are often found at home. It is where they feel safe and secure. It’s where they are happiest. People who have old souls don’t have to look far outside themselves to find what really makes them happy.

If you are an old soul, you are pretty low maintenance and can happily occupy your own time by learning about the things that interest you, reading, writing, or resting your mind for the next time someone needs your wisdom.

14) You Need to Rejuvenate Your Energy

As an old soul, you get tired out around people quite easily. Some old souls would identify as introverts, but it’s more than that: if you are an old soul, you feel like both your body, mind and soul need rest.

You know how to rejuvenate when the time comes and it usually involves being alone. It’s not that you are anti-social or don’t want to see people, but you draw much of your own energy from your own company and need to refresh that way as well.

15) Looking Inside Instead of Outside is Important

People who old souls don’t require outside validation of their worth or value. A lot of people turn to others, the internet, their jobs, or another outside source of validation to make meaning in their lives, but as an old soul, you see the value of your experiences and what you bring to the table so there’s no need to exhaust your efforts in those areas.

So many people never feel complete because they expect others to provide that piece to them, but old souls are able to be that completion piece for themselves. It’s nice to have others in your life, but it’s not necessary on the same scale and level that most people require in relationships.

16) Memories Ebb and Flow

As an old soul, you feel like your memories are fluid and sometimes they aren’t always clear whether they are recent or relevant to you.

People with old souls can tap into other sources of information sometimes, and while it sounds a little voodoo-esque, it could be that those out-of-place memories are just from your previous life: memories coming and going, feeling like you’ve been here before, and knowing what’s coming next are all signs that you are, in fact, an old soul.

In Conclusion

We all know that one person who seems to have all the right advice, can remain calm in tricky situations, or knows just what to say to make someone feel better.

If people have ever told you that you are wise beyond your years, or that they come to you for advice, you might be the old soul in your circle of friends.

Wondering why you seem to be the odd one out? It might be because you are an old soul.



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