Some people look at other people in terms of maturity levels. And, let’s face it, age doesn’t mean a hill of beans when it comes to maturity. We’ve all met folks who, no matter their numeric age, still act not so grown up. But I look at people in a different way — and here’s why.
There’s this concept of old soul and young soul. Ever heard of it?
Well, it’s something I believe in. I can meet some people, a toddler or a teenager or someone in mid-life or later, and immediately know they’re an old soul. I don’t know why or how, it’s just a sense that I have, but I get the feeling that these people have something different from everyone else. It’s in the way they carry themselves or react to situations. It’s in the peace and tranquility that hallmarks their personality. It’s in the way they face challenges and setbacks. It’s in the way they deal with other people.
These old souls have a sense that they’ve been through life before and have come back with a perception that exceeds the norm. Where young souls will find ways to mock others, or say things to make themselves feel better, or battle overwhelming insecurity and try to bring everyone else down with them, old souls will listen and guide and often let all the negative stuff roll off their back. Very little fazes them, but it’s not out of indifference. It’s from understanding and a true sense of self.
Is it because they’ve lived before? I don’t know. The idea of having lived before and coming back to learn more so we can move on to another plane of existence is an intriguing one. It’s also the theme of my Past Life Series. This isn’t to be confused with being young at heart, though. I mean, I want to be young at heart for as long as I live this life. But there’s something indefinable about certain people that just oozes inner peace that has nothing to do with being young at heart and everything to do with understanding the bigger picture and how everything is interconnected.
It’s something to think about. And something to learn from — at least for me. My best friend, I’m convinced, is a very old soul. So is my son. I know a couple of old souls in my extended family, and have met other people throughout life who exhibit a kind of spirituality that I want to integrate into my own life.
What about you? Do you believe in old souls?
Whatever your answer, one thing is certain: embrace the life you have and the beautiful journey ahead of you. There’s so much to learn and enjoy along the way!
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