Confessions Of An Old Soul

Confessions Of An Old Soul

My soul is old but I am young. I am not like most people and that is okay.

"I was born in the wrong generation."

To the people who had had this thought once, twice, or maybe countless times throughout their life: you are an old soul. As someone who has an old soul, I realized early on that I was different from other people my age. I used to resent that I was an old soul because telling people that I'd like to have lived in the 1940s and 1950s always ended with me getting a questioning and somewhat confused look. But, over time I have begun to embrace the fact that I am different and like to do things that are considered "old." Being an old soul may not sound like a compliment but, believe me, it is a huge compliment. So, for the self-proclaimed old souls like me, this one is for you.

1. People think that you are older than you actually are.

People have to tell you to act your age but not in the way people usually think. In the case of an old soul, people have to tell you to act like you're the 19 year old that you are rather than the much older person you act like.

2. You have a great love for literature (and the book itself).

No one will ever understand how much better and satisfying it is to read a real, paper book compared to an Kindle version. Plus, the smell just isn't the same and without that wonderful book smell, what's the point of reading anyway?

3. You enjoy being alone.

Some will say that an old soul is an introvert but it is completely the opposite. An old soul enjoys being around other people from time-to-time but they want their space to think and simply enjoy their own company.

4. Staying in is more your style than going out.

An old soul and partying simply don't mix, at least not on a regular basis. An old soul is far more content to spend the night in curled up with a good book, a cup of coffee, and a warm blanket.

5. The little things make you happy.

Why have hand-written notes gone away? There is something so sincere and personal about writing and receiving them. They need to be brought back into style.

6. You get along better with adults than people your own age.

People who are the same age as you never seem to understand why you enjoy doing some of the crazy "old lady" things that you like to do so you seek out friendships with people far older than you because you finally have found a connection.

7. Black and white movies or TV shows are your favorites.

From "The Andy Griffith Show" to "I Love Lucy" all black and white television shows are your favorite. You spend hours watching the reruns that you forget that the show originally aired over 50 years ago. It doesn't matter how old the show is, it never ceases to entertain an old soul.

8. Fashion from the "Golden Age" you still think is still in style.

Style during that time was classy and at times a little risky but it worked. I mean "Grease" was a success for more than just Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta's performance, right?

For an old soul trapped inside a millennial's body life is rough, especially when people don't understand the old souls desire to simply be alone occasionally or enjoy "old things." Even though an being an old soul may make fitting into today's world a challenge, I wouldn't trade being an old soul for the world because, honestly, I just might like living life a little off of the beaten path.

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Blood Doesn't Determine Family

Blended families are just as much of a family as a traditional one.


If you look above, you can see that have a very large family on my mother's side. Between my grandparents, aunts and uncle, cousins and my own immediate family, we're at thirty-three members and counting. All branches of our family tree have busy lives, so we don't get to see each other as much as often as we would hope to. Christmas is the one time a year where we all finally get together for the evening. If you sat in on our holiday party, you may think that we have a couple screws loose, but there is no doubt that you would be able to feel the love radiating from room to room.

If you look at the picture I chose for my header, you can see all of the cousins gathered for our yearly picture. Dysfunctional, of course, but you can tell that love is there. Would it surprise you that out of our entire huge family, less than half of us are blood-related?

I come from a blended family, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Blood does not determine family to us. Love does.

Divorce can be a messy thing, especially when children are involved. Both my aunt and uncle had remarried into relationships that already had children. For the most part, none of us can really ever remember a time when we weren't considered family. We don't ever look at each other as not being related. We never will. Family to us is the love and support that is shared unconditionally between us.

As I said, you would never be able to tell we weren't blood-related unless I told you. Not only do we all look similar to one another (which again is odd, because if the marriages had never taken place, we would just have a ton of doppelgangers running around), but the love and passion that we radiate is unmistakable that we have a bond that will never be broken, let alone determined by biology.

Blended families tend to get a bad rap sometimes from some of the horror stories that can come from second marriages. Not only that, but some people still are stuck in the idea that the only socially acceptable type of family is one where the lineage is clear and concise. Although I can see where these people come from, I don't believe that because there is a lack of shared genetics between all of us, our love is any less strong.

Family is those who will answer a call or text late at night because you need someone to talk to. They're the ones that you end up staying at their house and talking for hours when you meant to make a quick trip in. They are there for you no matter the situation and always believe in you one hundred percent.

Traditional families have a lot of love too, undoubtedly. But please, do not tell me that my family is any less of a family of a family because of its makeup. We have just as much love between us as families with the same bloodline. Blood does not determine the amount of love and affection between all of us. It never will. We will love each other as much as a traditional family. We never look at each other as a mixed family, so please stop treating us as such.

I've said it so many times, but I'll remind you once more. Blood does not determine family, love does-- and I love my family more than life itself.

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