Being an Old Soul has its benefits, but it also means you will have to face certain things that others will not.
Being an old soul is hard. However, this fact is often overlooked, because we’re so good at internalizing the conflict we face.
While it takes courage to be different from the crowd, it doesn’t necessarily mean the path is easy. Here are 10 difficulties old souls can relate to:
1. The inexperience of feeling truly understood.
Old Souls can be seen as strange people because they often hold unconventional ideals and standards of living. They often feel a sense of separation from themselves and the “real world” because things like obtaining great wealth, owning a lot of expensive possessions, and other traits of living a materialistic lifestyle aren’t really an interest to them. In a world fueled by consumerism this can seem kind of weird to most people. Having a different set of expectations and ideas about living can make it hard to feel like anyone truly understands you and what drives you in life.
2. You’re The “Black Sheep”
While Old Souls can build many strong relationships with people, their penetrating ability to connect with the depths of the people in their lives can create many enemies. Seeing deeply into the core issues of the people around them, Old Souls feel an innate desire to be truthful, even if this means revealing uncomfortable truths such as the fact that many problems are caused by immaturity, or a failure to take responsibility.
Those who are willing to change will listen and like you, while the rest will feel great disdain towards you. This is why Old Souls often become the “devils advocates” or “black sheep” of their friends or family.
3. They think, a lot
To find the wisdom within, such people think. Their thoughts travel over every aspect of human life and even beyond. This isn’t everyday daydreaming, as their pondering leads to enlightenment way beyond regular people.
What happens when life gives you lemons? You’re exactly the type of person to ponder over such questions. A true thinker. And because of that, you’re prone to overthinking. You start to become unsure of what life has to offer. And you lose yourself within that. Because while on one hand, you have these incredible insights and wisdom, on the other, it can be downright chaos. There’s always two sides to every coin, and vacillating between the two can feel like straight up hell.
4. Making decisions based off of a “feeling” can seem illogical.
Intuition is a subtle, sophisticated language and old souls actively work to become in-tune with the way their body communicates with them. The gut instinct is the most simple and basic level of physical intuition that communicates through yes/no, safe/unsafe messages. We use this the most often when trying to make decisions about people and relationships, both personal and professional. Old souls rely on their gut instinct to guide them.
5. Your need for space can drive the people close to you away.
Space is essential for you, and when you demand it, the people closest to you might take it the wrong way. It gets personal, even if you don’t necessarily want it to be. While space is vital to you, it can also create massive misunderstandings to others who want to spend more quality time with you.
6. They can come off as “distant” “cold” or “unfeeling.”
They have the ability to see the bigger picture and take decisions accordingly. This perspective regarding life helps them in the understanding of the human situation and keeps them away from getting too involved into matters that hold little or no importance.
7. The desire for solitude can impact your relationships.
Being an old soul can be an isolating existence at times. You need your solitude to sit and reflect on life and to recharge when you’ve completely exhausted yourself but sometimes this can be frustrating to your friends and family. They love you and they want to be around you. Unless they also draw their energy from themselves and understand the need to be alone from time to time this can create issues when they really want you to hang out with them and you’d rather be at home reading a book.
Their depth of knowledge and understanding helps them see how every element of the Universe is connected to every other element. The world isn’t made up of separate individuals in their own bubbles who are insulated from each other. Instead, every action has an effect on the Universe. This is the reason behind them advocating love, acceptance and help for their fellow human beings.
An old soul is a rare person and if you are one of them preserve your shine.