17 Signs You’re An Old Soul

Signs Old Soul

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” – Satchel Paige

There is a special kind of person in our world who finds herself alone and isolated, almost since birth.

Her solitary existence isn’t from a preference or an antisocial temperament – she is simply old. Old in heart, old in mind, and old in soul, this person is an old soul who finds her outlook on life vastly different and more mature than those around her. As a result, the old soul lives her life internally, walking her own solitary path while the rest around her flock to follow another.

Perhaps you’ve experienced this in your own life, or have witnessed it in another person? If so, this article is dedicated to you, in hopes that you will come to define yourself or understand another better.

Related: 7 Perks and Pleasures of Being An Old Soul

What is an Old Soul?

Quite simply, an Old Soul is a person who feels much older than their age reflects. This feeling is often accompanied by the gift of empathy, high intelligence, intuition, and keen insight into the human condition.

Old Souls are often outsiders looking in, they feel as though they don’t “belong” in this world, or this period of time. As a result, most Old Souls long for a sense of true meaning, purpose, and inner fulfillment that money, power, and success can’t achieve. This longing is often described as the thirst to “return back home.”

There are two major types of Old Souls: those that are born with the sensation of being “different,” and those who “grow into” becoming Old Souls through the process of spiritual awakening. We’ll explore Old Souls and spiritual awakening more a little later.

17 Signs You’re An Old Soul

Robert Frost, Eckhart Tolle, Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey, and even Nick Jonas have been called Old Souls. Perhaps even you have?

If you have not yet discovered whether you’re an Old Soul, read some of the revealing signs below:

1. You tend to be a lone wolf.

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 hard to relate to. This sense of alienation is one of the major problems Old Souls experience.

The result is that Old Souls tend to find themselves alone a lot of the time. They struggle to connect deeply with others because most other people don’t have the same interests or values as them.

2. You love knowledge, wisdom, and truth.

This might seem a little highbrow, but the Old Soul finds herself naturally gravitating towards the intellectual side of life. Old Souls inherently understand that knowledge is power, wisdom is happiness, and the 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 the Kardashians or the latest football scores.

3. You’re spiritually inclined.

Old Souls tend to have sensitive and spiritual natures. Experiencing a spiritual awakening, overcoming the confines of the ego, seeking enlightenment and self-realization, and fostering love and peace are often at the core of the Old Soul’s ultimate quest in life.

Related: 10 Universal Problems Old Souls Experience

4. You understand the transience of life.

Old Souls are frequently plagued with reminders of their own mortality and that of everything and everyone around them. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the old soul to have multiple existential crises throughout life, especially during difficult situations that highlight the impermanence of existence.

Being very perceptive and sensitive toward the reality of death, old souls choose to live their lives differently. Every decision counts.

5. You’re thoughtful and introspective.

Old Souls tend to think a lot … about everything. It’s crucial for an old soul to get enough space and time to reflect, introspect, and develop more self-awareness. This natural tendency toward rumination helps them to quickly learn from their actions and understand the people and environments around them.

Many Old Souls practice a natural form of shadow work in which they are constantly reflecting on how they could do better, prevent their issues from getting bigger, and create more inner harmony.

38 thoughts on “17 Signs You’re An Old Soul”

  1. Avatar of Hannafawaz@hotmail.be

    I feel this way to , I love to be alone ,I only joined company with older persons , the talk differently , they tell you story’s which are interesting, but do you think you can change it , did you?

  2. Avatar of myrtle

    Soul is infinite thus it can never be young nor old,,therefore this article pertains to the psyche of human and a heart of young!

  3. Avatar of Lia Trocano

    Every single one of those descriptions fit me to a T. I think the most outstanding thing for me has been feeling like a spectator to what seemed like craziness around me. I don’t “fit in”, never have and never wanted to because what others felt was so important looked like nonsense to me. I’m 64, self employed, work from my home which is on a coastal ridge top in the woods. I just wish I had understood all of this at a younger age instead of wondering if something was “wrong”. The only other thing that fits for me is the new concept of “highly sensitive” people. Reading and learning about that has been a relief. Being a “highly sensitive” (easily overwhelmed or impatient with others) and an old soul is what feels right for me now and I’m happy in it. My wish is for others to discover the truth of who they are earlier and avoid any confusion. Sweet blessings to you all!

  4. Avatar of Bets de Bruyn

    These character traits fit many different people, for me it is the fact that nothing was a surprise to me when I was growing up, it was as if I just knew. Difficult to explain but when my grandmother died when I was very little I was upset because my mother was upset, not because grandmother died, I just knew that it was how it was supposed to be. I did love her and did miss her.

  5. Avatar of Sally Holt

    I enjoyed this article very much.
    The only difference for me is, I feel I had a bonding with this life. Once I bonded with this life it started to reveil it’s gifts that I didn’t expect.
    I know I have been here for ever and will be here forever.
    Being one with all I am the observer and see things in this dimention that I did not see in the many dimentions of the past.
    I love to be alone and I started waking at 4 months and have questioned all of life from a very young age.
    I now find I do question but also know there is something knew to view and a different perspective to view from now.
    I enjoy this life very much

  6. Avatar of Alex Durante

    I can relate to all that is describe and felt by the word soul ……but the word ……old ……. dose not ring the bells …….I do not relate to it …….personally I have never felt old at any age of my life, but the feeling of being in a different frame of thoughts or mind or conscience, to those that surrounded me made me realise I was not in the controll of others …….. I am old in age but not as a soul……

  7. Avatar of Tammy

    I’m definitely an old soul. I’ve always been intuitive and wise beyond my years, even though the years have caught up to me now. I can so relate to all of the descriptions of an old soul as if they are describing me.

  8. Avatar of Traci Walt

    Only an old soul would identify with this and not really feel like they have to explain further. Article is spot on, but even an old soul can get lost in this world, just for awhile before remembering who they are and where they trailed off path.

    1. Avatar of Harry

      I think it was a good article, but lacked depth enough to penetrate the more specific traits to narrow down an older soul, but still well written I must say

    1. Avatar of Harry

      It is better to come to terms with the past, not forget it, because the end of a journey is made starting from the first step 🙂

  9. Avatar of Anon

    This is written in a hurry or just to write something, in other words, a big BS . 🙂

    There are descriptions here that doesn’t neccessary mean and old soul(as you like to say it) but a person who uses his brain more than others, that isn’t neccessary old.

    I know there are people who fit in some “signs” but totally don’t in others.

    I felt like an old sould, but after reading your thing, I feel youger than ever. Thanks.

    ! ! ! I have a word for people of the 21th century ! ! !

    The illiterate of the new century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot unlearn the lies they’ve been told, or believe everything is written on a website, newspaper.

    Take care !

    1. Avatar of Harry

      Hey that last bit is great, I totally agree, it is harder to find physical worldly orientation nowadays for the pixel generation :-/ they better hope they have wise old soul parents

    1. Avatar of Rita Dempsey

      Tess we can’t do anything. We just are. Sometimes I think we are here to observe and help much younger souls development or move forward when they get stuck.

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