If you’re an old soul in a young body, you’ll no doubt be fully aware of the many perks it brings. Sure, it has its challenges too, but let’s brush them aside for now and explore some of the ways in which this old-young contradiction makes life all the more enjoyable.
What follows is just the tip of the iceberg, of course, which is why we’d welcome you to leave a comment at the end of the article to share your own positive experiences of having a wise head on young shoulders.
So let’s jump in, shall we?
1. You’ve Grown Comfortable In Your Own Skin
No doubt one of the biggest struggles we face in life is to be our natural, authentic selves at all times. Society likes to shoehorn people into particular categories, and it can leave you chasing trends or wearing a mask just to fit in.
But not you, oh no. You’re an old soul and you learned early on in life that other people’s opinions of you are their business, not yours. You stopped caring long ago whether or not people like you, because you’re too busy liking yourself.
Most mornings you wake up, look in the mirror and are utterly content with who is staring back at you. You have your own unique style both in looks and character, and if people don’t quite ‘get’ you, it doesn’t bother you one bit.
2. You Know That Happiness Comes From Within
You probably own your fair share of stuff and you enjoy experiencing the world as much as the next person, but you don’t rely on anything external to bring you joy and happiness.
Unlike the majority of people your age, you aren’t frantically rushing around trying to acquire possessions, and you don’t crave the buzz of new and exciting adventures. You know that these things don’t bring true, lasting happiness because they are transient by nature. You have found a well of peace and contentment that is bottomless; one that exists within you.
3. You’re A Veritable Pro When It Comes To Facing Life’s Challenges
Do you remember when you were young and it seemed to you that your parents could do anything? They were grown-ups and they knew how to handle the inevitable bumps in the road. Well, as an old soul, it didn’t take you long to acquire this gift too.
You’ve got a wisdom that belies your years and this stands you in good stead to overcome whatever obstacles cross your path. You have grown into your parent’s shoes nicely and can now embody the same superhero persona that you once saw in them.
Whatever happens, you take it all in your stride. You are likely to be the mother/father figure in your group of friends and someone that others turn to for advice.
4. Your Friendships Are Built On Unshakeable Foundations
You probably keep your circle of friends quite small out of choice, but those who are in it are the people you have genuinely deep and meaningful connections with. This means that the friendships are built to stand the test of time.
It doesn’t matter how long it has been since you last saw them, the moment you find yourself in their company once more, it feels natural and completely comfortable. You share your very soul with your friends and this forms unbreakable bonds that can weather virtually any storm.
But when it comes to “friendships” on social media, you are quite discerning as to who you connect with. To you, it feels almost pointless to collect “friends” like they are a symbol of popularity or status. After all, you don’t care what people think, remember?
5. You Learn And You Adapt, Often
Making the same mistake over and over is a sign of madness, but you’re not the type of person to let this happen. That wise head means you are prepared to accept when things go wrong and learn from it so that you can avoid walking down the same undesirable path again.
Others in your age group tend to take a different approach; they try to fight against their mistakes and insist that it is the world, and not them, that needs to change.
And it’s not just when things go wrong that this skill comes to the fore, you are able to adapt to new situations because you recognize that change is a fundamental part of life. You can often be found making small course corrections to your journey through life.
As grounded as you are in the now, the old soul in you keeps one eye firmly on the future. This means you make flexible plans for how you see the next 3, 5, or 10 years of your life going.
You are practically and financially wise beyond your years. You understand that life becomes progressively more expensive during your adult years, especially if the pitter-patter of tiny feet comes along.
And it’s not just children that are expensive; forging roots by buying a property is more costly than ever, and if you don’t make plans for your retirement, you might struggle to enjoy a reasonably comfortable existence in your later years.
And it’s not just with money that you plan; you like to have a roadmap for everything. This common sense approach to life is one that often takes people years to develop, but it comes naturally to you.
7. You Won’t Deviate From Your True Self For Anyone
You are comfortable with who you are – we’ve already established that – and you have a strong set of beliefs and morals that you won’t compromise for anyone.
It doesn’t matter what rewards it might bring or who is making the demands, you stick to your guns and you stay true to yourself. This is not to say that your views don’t change naturally over time; in fact they are free to do so wherever and whenever it feels right. It’s just that you won’t conform to the wishes of others.
8. You’re The Calm Voice Of Reason
Your old soul means you have a high degree of empathy and this allows you to see things through the eyes of others. Where others resort to arguments and bitching, you maintain composure, and this often puts you in the position of peacemaker when the proverbial shit hits the fan among friends, family, or colleagues.
Your calm demeanor and willingness to listen to everyone’s point of view makes you a trusted mediator. People come to you knowing that they will get a fair hearing.
This natural ability also comes in handy when working in a team; you can help to diffuse flashpoints and move everyone towards an agreeable position or decision.
9. You’re Like Teflon When It Comes To Drama
Your flair for resolving tension between people is certainly of huge benefit, but what’s even better is that you don’t let the drama of others affect your own mindset.
You have a non-stick mental surface which can deal with whatever situations arise without getting tarnished. You step freely out of the drama and return to your place of peace without dwelling on what has just happened. In your view, it’s not worth getting worked up over things because a calm head tends to be the one that finds the solutions to most problems.
10. You Appreciate The Older Generations
As an old soul yourself, you find spending time with other old souls quite easy. It just so happens that an old soul often develops when people reach a certain age (though not always).
Therefore, you have come to appreciate the depth of character and of thought that can be found in many people who are far older than yourself. Unlike some of your generation, you don’t find it a chore to spend time with your parents and grandparents; indeed you relish this opportunity to be with your own kind.
You like to learn from them and listen to stories from their lives, and you have the utmost respect and appreciation for them.
Are you an old soul? Do you find yourself in agreement with the above, or do you wish to add other perks you’ve noticed? Leave your thoughts in a comment below.