I’m Such an Old Soul, Except When it Comes to My Interests in Clothes, Art, and Literature

Sure I may only be 14, but I’m super world-weary, which automatically qualifies me as an old soul. It sucks! I just don’t fit in with my generation. Fortunately, there are plenty of songs and TV shows that tap into exactly what I’m feeling. I’m grateful there are so many brands and anthems out here representing old soul underdogs like me. 

Even though being an old soul is tough, I wouldn’t trade it for the world, because I don’t want to be normal. Other 14-year-olds are probably so naïve and happy all the time (I’m not exactly sure, I’m just going with my gut). I have no choice but to assume that everyone else probably loves puberty and adolescence and is getting along great. Since my peers’ problems aren’t visible to me, I don’t perceive them, so they must not exist. I, on the other hand, carry the frickin weight of the world on my shoulders! Sound the alarm: old soul alert! 

In accordance with my Old Soul™, everything about me is a total throwback vibe. My aesthetic also coincidentally inhabits the exact same throwback vibe that most clothing brands are hawking right now—like, wide-leg pants are having a huge moment—but my affiliation for these items is totally separate from the trend. In fact, I despise trends; I’m frickin’ timeless, like my grandma. Sure, Grandma’s not just an old soul, she’s also an old body, but legend has it she’s always been “like that.” At least, that’s what my dad says. 

Being an old soul is a major burden when it comes to trying to relate to my peers. Everyone else is so “of the moment” (yawn). But I’m the sole exception! What are the odds! It sucks being so exceptional all the time. No one understands me, except my personal icons, Billie Eilish and Emma Chamberlain. (I know, I’m so weird, blahhhhh.) 

Not even kidding, I’m into hardcore old stuff, like reading. I’ve never read a book written before 2010, but that’s just because there aren’t enough hours in a day and sometimes my Kindle runs out of juice. Aside from reading, when I’m feeling really quirky, I prefer to spend time playing outside. (I’m just old fashioned like that). 

On the other hand, if I didn’t have the internet, I’d feel like too much of an outcast, because one of my favorite pastimes is listening to classical music like Blink 182 and Rihanna. Fortunately, thanks to Reddit, I’ve found other outcasts who are like me and can relate to my super rare and elevated tastes. So even though I’m a certified old soul, I still do like to use some modern luxuries sparingly. I just contain frickin’ multitudes, I guess. I’m pretty much the most unique person ever. Deal with it.

Mary Gulino
Author: Mary Gulino
Mary is an LA-based writer from New Jersey whose work can be seen online and on TV (unless you count streaming platforms as online, in which case, it's all online). She got glasses when she was two, and would love to talk optometry sometime.