A term often used when one meets a person that emanates waves of "maturity;" wise beyond their years is frequently used in conjunction with this honor-bestowing phrase. To those that believe in reincarnation and past lives, old souls are those who have returned to this Realm time and time again, throughout the ages, to learn what they might learn from human experience. Contrary to popular belief, dripping cynicism and sarcasm do not necessarily constitute the characteristics of an old soul. The opposite of an old soul is soul-young; a relatively new spirit that has yet to learn the pitfalls and perils of walking this plane.

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