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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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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You Don't Have To See Your Friends Every Day

We all have lives that we're trying to balance.


For as long as I can remember, whenever I would have no plans and go on Snapchat to see all my friends having fun without me, I would get FOMO. I'd get really sad and think that they didn't care about me because they didn't invite me. It would get me in such a bad mood that it would ruin any chance of going out with someone else who wanted to hang out.

I don't know if it was just my anxiety of people hating me or if it was a fear of missing out (FOMO). Even recently, it has gotten me down. However, over the past month or so, I finally realized something: you don't have to hang out every day to still consider each other friends.

Everyone has a life that they're trying to balance, especially after high school. People work (maybe even more than one job) and go to school. Some have to take care of family members or do things for their family. Some people are focusing on themselves. Some have relationships to maintain. Whatever it is, we all have lives that we're trying to balance.

We all want to have fun, but school, work, and our families are the priorities.

Even if they're out hanging with other people, it doesn't mean that they don't want to hang out with you. Free time is served on a "first come, first serve" basis. It's hard to balance hanging out with multiple people.

I also learned that it doesn't matter the number of friends you have. What truly matters is the quality. Ask yourself, "Who's there for me when I really need someone?" The people who are there for you when you really need someone to talk to are your TRUE friends.

It's not easy to be there for someone and make them feel better. If they offer to listen or give advice, they care!

I know that it may feel like you have no friends sometimes, but that's not true. Life after high school is hard at times. You're an adult. You have to do adult things and take care of yourself first.

You have to realize that everyone has a busy schedule and not all your friends' schedules will align with yours, but that's okay! You don't need to hang out with friends every day to consider them your friends. What truly matters is if they are there for you when you need them.

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