Written By Ashley T Wilson
Author Bio: I'm Ashley. If Lara Jones and Indiana Jones had a baby, that's who I would be. I'm an Archeology major with a fairytale complex. I love good coffee, the blues, and living in the mountains.
"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman,"
"O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?"
"Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"
This quote spoken by John Keating in Dead Poets Society is one that has resonated with me since I first watched the film. Why? Simply because I believe it to be true. As a writer, nothing is as captivating to me more than the enthrallment that love and romance presents. Words are so powerful when used to evoke emotions, but none more so than love.
A true poet, writer, and those who appreciate the pictures painted using only words, I feel, are old souls. We're the bohemians with free spirits that have lived thousands of lives. The readers. The ones who value truth. We are the wildfires burning from within fueled by our passion. We crave it. We know that soul mates exist because it's embedded in our very being that someone is out there and meant for only us.
We love a little differently than our modern day counterparts.
Some will call it a fairytale complex and speak of these beliefs we hold dear as if it's a bad thing. The pessimists in the world will claim to be realistic. In all reality, they are too afraid to love, get hurt, commit, or all of the above.
We know that there's a chance to get our heart broken, but we also know it's a chance worth taking because love is what makes life worth living. See, how I tied that to my opening quote? Clever, right? Just kidding. Kind of.
We're also not afraid of commitment. The real adventure that love presents is taking on life with the person we are meant to be with. It's knowing that no matter what comes your way, you have someone at your side and vice versa. It's knowing you're not alone and that someone will always care about you. You and that person will continue to grow together and intertwine to become whole.
We're also more passionate than the average person. We put all of ourselves into everything that we do and it would never be different when we're with someone romantically. We yearn for deeper communication. We want to know someone in and out to the very depths of their soul. We also want that reciprocated.
Sometimes, we can be brooding loners. Things affect us differently. Our values aren't as common. The hook up culture in modern society is something old souls can't wrap themselves around. It would be like putting a noose around our overall belief in what love represents to us.
It all boils down to desiring deeper meaning in the mundane of society and hunger for fiery passion. It's having high expectations, but knowing what you want and deserve.
Needless to say, loyalty is very important to us.
The old soul is very intuitive. Call it what you want, but we pick up on things even before they happen. We can also read body language and tones in people's voices. We just know when something is up. Good, bad, or ugly. We know.
You'll know an old soul when you meet them. We are the hopeless romantics, the free spirits, and the ones who yearn for adventure. We are passionate, intelligent, and more than likely the loners. We're the introverts. If you find one and think you might be in love, we're the ones you should hold onto. We're the ones who still believe in forever and happily ever after.