I still remember an old dear friend of mine calling me a nana, when I told her of my love of Classical music. We laughed, smiled and even so, at that time I wasn’t aware of the term old soul. I loved watching old films, watching musicals, ballets, operas, listening to old Jazz, reading English literature, talking about history, thinking about deep things, going out for long walks and staring at nature. I would describe myself as a little strange, quirky, deep, quiet and silly at the same time. I talked to a new friend recently and was curious to know her first impression of me. She mentioned that I reminded her of an old soul.
Ever since I can remember, I never liked the feeling of having to try fit in. When everyone wanted to be drinking and partying at my age, I wanted to stay in on a Friday night with a cup of tea. Even if it meant I was left out a lot or spent a lot of time alone. When everyone would talk a certain way at high school, I never wanted to conform to that. There was and still is a level of frustration when faced with shallow perspectives of life from people. I can’t count the amount of people that have called me innocent, but don’t know what I’ve been through in my life. It’s easy to look like you haven’t experienced many things, when you truly have.
Being an old soul sometimes means you have been through certain things that required you to mature, be responsible and be independent at a young age. It means that sometimes you’re in your own world or feel as if you’re from another era. You might enjoy old art, books and films. You might be a little peculiar, strange or feel different to those your age. I felt deeply complimented by my friend, yet I definitely feel there is so much more to learn. It really meant a lot to me, because I can relate to what it means to be an old soul. There is a crave for deep connections and avoiding what is trending. You might have a calm demeanour and value the company of positive, kindhearted and honest people.
One of the reasons I really disliked high school and my first time at university, were due to the feeling of being different and not fitting into the typical uni students experience. In terms of Social Media, I don’t use Facebook for socialising and have never really gripped the meaning of why people need to share certain things to hundreds of people. Being an old soul may be that you’ve always been keen to just start working. It means you don’t understand our generations views on love in terms of hookups. It means you lose interest in people who act significantly differently around you compared to when they’re around others.
You might have a smaller group of friends, you don’t conform to what is popular, you’re satisfied in spending time alone, enjoy listening to old music, feel frustrated when you’re not understood, you plan for the future, you look to learn and gain wisdom, enjoy the physical touch of a book, striving for personal growth, don’t understand why people use their phones when socialising, you have strong core values, your friends may be older than you, an interest in the past, be a little more curious and perhaps you might be an analytical person. The truth that is important to remember is that maturity is not defined by an age.