An old soul is difficult to find anymore.
There’s no hard and fast definition of an old soul, but here are some most common traits.
Material Possessions Don’t Matter Much.
While they probably have a few cherished belongings, they don’t associate contentment with possessions or money.
Instead of seeking wealth, they only hope for enough money to meet their needs, with a little extra for savings or emergencies.
Rather than regularly replacing technology or decorating the house on a whim, their more likely to use things as long as they last.
Keeping up with current fashions may not interest them, they usually focus more on what money can’t purchase: intangible things like knowledge, compassion, or peace.
They Focus On Meaningful Connections.
Old souls and other sensitive people often have small social circles. Their friend groups might include people of all ages, with different backgrounds and life experience.
Strong intuition is another hallmark of old souls, so they might have a knack for recognizing when someone will make a good friend.
In childhood, they probably found it hard to relate to others their age and felt most drawn to people older than them. They may have wanted more substance from their interactions, but their peers might have considered the socially awkward. They may have even faced some bullying, or teasing.
Maybe they had a difficult family situation, maybe there was not much time to play, especially if they had to take on the more adult role in their family.
They Needed A Lot Of Time Alone.
People with old souls tend to feel more attuned to the emotions of others and the surrounding world. Higher Sensitivity often meant they would need more time to recharge from a regular barrage of feeling.
Old souls find it more comfortable to observe rather than interact. When school or work requires them to have group participation, they are often seen at the outskirts trying to be unnoticed by the noise of others, both to audible noise and the emotional noise.
Many old souls are big readers. Stories of other places and times might appeal to them the most, to where they can almost picture themselves as a part them.
Others might seem distant, distracted, or slightly out of touch with reality.
They Have A Higher Empathy Level Than Most.
Deeply empathic people, or empath, are often seen as old souls.
Their ability to consider the experiences of others and feel what they feel can grant them a sense of maturity and gravity. At the same time, this awareness of the pain people experience can put weight on their shoulders that might prove difficult to shift.
Heightened sensitivity can also make the conflict more challenging, leaving them more inclined to keep to themselves and spend time in nature and other peaceful, quiet places.
This often further emphasizes their displacement of time.
They often Spend A Lot Of Time Thinking About How To Make A Difference.
Old souls often focus on big-picture thinking rather than small details. They know they can’t change the world single-handedly, so they focus on making improvements where they can.
Their desire to do good can make the more impermanent interests of life seem less important.
In short, they drift along largely unaffected by the ebb and flow of day-to-day life.
They feel deeply connected to those they consider important and might find themselves wanting to support them through challenging.
Their intuition might guide them to offer wisdom or helpful problem-solving tips, so the people in their lives might continue seeming their advice.
People who have old souls tend to pick up on deeper nuances of human behavior. They may be more likely to believe in the underlying worth of others, regardless of their choices, and recognize their capability for change.
Is It A Good Or Bad Thing?
Often people who have old souls simply means they perceive things in different ways. There’s nothing wrong with that.
In fact, most people would argue that a unique perspective on life can benefit them or others in their lives. Perhaps even the wider world, depending on what you do with their insight.
People have different levels of sensitivity, both to their environments and to other people. High sensitivity is simply one end of the spectrum. It’s not all that uncommon: Around 20% of people can be considered highly sensitive.
Certain old souls traits might present some challenges.
Like other aspects of personality, these traits aren’t necessarily good or bad. They’re simply part of who we are. In the end. It comes down to what you make of them.