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It’s Okay to Be An Old Soul

The first time I heard that I was on old soul was around the time that I was 10 or 11. I thought that term meant that I didn’t like to have fun or that I was boring. When other people would talk about being old souls, I would genuinely get confused because I’m not sure why anyone would consider themselves old and boring if they weren’t. Now that I am a young adult I am completely elated by the reference because it has a whole new meaning to most other people and me.

To everyone who struggles with the term let me reassure you that being an old soul is entirely okay. It just means you think and see the world differently and with a maturity that is past your age. In no way does it refer to you being old, boring or even introverted. We live life because we’re young, but we trust our instinct a vast majority of the time. Old souls are less influenced by peer pressure, rarely experience FOMO (fear of missing out), do better with balancing fun and funds, and find themselves with less drama in life. We’re at a place in our lives where peace is essential, and we do whatever it takes to find it. You can scope out an old soul in any social gathering simply by how they present themselves. 90’s rap and r&b, like Montell Jordan’s,This Is How We Do It, will have them more excited than new music by your favorite artist. They won’t have two drinks in their hands at once because one is enough and how are they supposed to shake someone’s hand if both of them are full? They don’t stay at parties until the sun comes up because they know nothing good happens after 2 am and the police typically show up around 3 am. Old souls can be the life of the party in three ways: they can kill it on the dance floor, be a comedian or the ones giving advice to the girl crying about her ex. But you can also catch them inside on the weekends watching movies and catching up on sleep.

Every circle of friends needs an old soul because they’re the glue of the group. It’s a major role, but somebody has to do it. So, if you’ve been told you’re an old soul don’t become defensive, it’s a compliment. Your energy is golden, your goals are in line, and you’ll probably stay out of a lot more trouble in your early twenties. To all my old souls, never change, the world needs our positivity…and our rational thinking. 


Rineta is a Speech Communication major at Valdosta State University, with an emphasis in public relations. She aspires to have a career in sports media relations one day. In her free time she enjoys binge watching shows written by Shonda Rimes on Netflix, reading professional athlete autobiographies and being the friend who laughs too much. Follow her- IG/Twitter: _rrainey
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