What does it mean to be an old soul? Last year, while looking at old home videos, I barely recognised a young, energetic, and hyperactive child who was totally carefree about the future and the complexities of life. I found myself wondering when did I become an old soul? To be clear, physically I am still a relatively young man, despite my need to squint to see far away objects, inability to grow out an afro or the complete and total fear I now feel when thinking I’m catching a cold. Mentally, I still at times have the humour and habits of that same hyperactive child. I don’t mean old soul in a negative sense. When I use the term, I am referring to an internal prompting that sometimes suggests a person disconnected from others in a similar age group or a distant familiar feeling of having experienced certain things before.
Are you or someone you know an old Soul? Here are 4 signs that may suggest that:
1. Old Soul Sign 1: Deep Appreciation for Mortality
Every Sunday, driving from Queens to Brooklyn, heading to church with my family, we would cross the Kosciuszko Bridge. You could see a beautiful skyline view of midtown Manhattan in the background highlighting the life and bustle of a major metropolitan city. In the foreground however, there is gigantic Calvary Cemetery, with hundreds of graves of extinguished lives. This always prompted thoughts on the fragility of life and the fleeting moments that we have to experience it. These thoughts didn’t just occur on Sundays but frequently during quiet moments of reflection. Old souls usually find themselves thinking of the bigger picture and purpose of life and are keenly aware of the limited time to experience it. This can be challenging to explain at times when others accuse them of taking life too seriously.