I consider myself as an old soul, but rather than giving my own argument I’m going to go over this ThoughtCatalog article list:

1. You tend to think a lot about everything. You’re always finding deeper meaning in your relationships, simple interactions with strangers, and in the world around you.

I think I show it when I ask a lot of things about a person, making random interconnections, etc. But yes, I do think a lot about everything, including interactions with strangers.

2. You enjoy solitude and use it as a time to reflect on your life and everything going on in it. You continually seek out higher understanding and are incredibly introspective about life.

My dream plan at the moment is to live in the French countryside. (I feel like that says a lot about me.)

3. You’ve always had maturity far beyond your years. When you were a child people commented on how mature you were and you probably enjoyed sitting at the adult’s table as opposed to the children’s table. It’s not that you couldn’t have fun being a kid, it’s just that sometimes you thought the adult conversations were far more interesting.

I was quiet and well-behaved as a child, mostly, and I think there is something to it when I say that I’ve watched whole seasons of Blackadder, Frasier, and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

4. You take pleasure in simple things like drinking coffee and reading the news, having breakfast with friends, cooking a great meal, or reading a good book.

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

5. You have a philosophical outlook on life and see the world on a larger scale than most people. When you’re faced with problems you try to see it as a learning experience and consider your struggles as just a part of your overall journey.

I’ve never gotten that far where I have my own, definite philosophy. But the rest, check.

6. You don’t put a lot of value on owning expensive, material items. You find you get so much more out of your personal relationships and experiences than from anything you could ever own.

Since I discovered minimalism, I’ve tried to be as minimalist as I can. And I think I’m almost there. I’ve diminished the number of clothes, books, and other things that I have. The truly material things I like having, though, but not value them very much (although they are expensive) are tech gadgets.

7. You focus on self-actualization and find enjoyment out of self-expression through writing, art, music, or other outlets.

Like blogging?

8. You’re sensitive and spiritual in nature. You tend to rely on your gut instinct about things because it’s rarely wrong. You just get “a feeling” about things and can read people well.

I’m still trying to get the sense that I’m really relying on my gut instinct instead of logic. I cannot read people well. (This, though, sounds like an INFJ trait–see MBTI.)

9. You feel connected to certain time periods and find yourself more interested in the art, history, or culture from that decade.

From 11/22/63 and Margaret Peterson Haddix books to Blackadder and Downton Abbey. Definitely.

10. Even if you have a large social circle full of friends and acquaintances you’ve always felt kind of different than everyone else. You might not call yourself a loner necessarily but you’re definitely comfortable with being alone and understand the difference between being alone and being lonely.

I do not have a large social circle and I’ve always been oblivious to my uniqueness (or lack thereof). I definitely do not call myself a loner, but I like to be alone.

11. Regardless of where you go you seem to be the kind of person strangers feel inclined to talk to. Something about you makes others want to spill their life story within just minutes of meeting you.

Haven’t really experienced that.

12. You feel a sense of separation from yourself and the “real world” at times. You recognize there’s the way you think about life in terms of money, possessions, relationships, etc, and then there’s the conventional approach to life most people have. You don’t believe either one is better, just different.

Mhm.

13. You have a high level of empathy and acceptance towards others and understand the importance of forgiveness. Because of this your friends always go to for advice or to tell you a secret they wouldn’t tell anyone else. They know you’ll listen to them without judgment.

I do not know about high level of empathy, but otherwise, yes.

14. You savor the quiet moments in life that might seem old fashioned to others. Maybe this means going on a Sunday drive in the country or writing a letter (a real letter, not an email) to a friend that lives across the country.

Hmm…I don’t know if I’ve done any.

Discretion: I don’t know what an ‘old soul’ really is, so I don’t know if these descriptions are at all accurate. Therefore, I don’t know if I’m an old soul.

http://thoughtcatalog.com/koty-neelis/2014/07/14-signs-youre-an-old-soul/

Routine

Before 2015 began, I could not think of a resolution, until it dawned on me that I have been working on a (morning) routine for Spring semester.

Here’s what I have so far:

1. 7:00AM-7:15AM
Wake up and Meditate
Recently, with all of the stress coming from school and work, I have been trying to meditate regularly. (Yup, reality hit hard this semester.) First, I’d stay in bed for so-and-so minutes, then meditate by just lying in bed and closing my eyes and using the “Welcoming the Day” meditation from the “Stop, Breathe, and Think” app.

Another thing I’d like to really hit on is to wake up regularly–as in, waking up at the same time every day. I actually did this last spring, but then, summer came.

2. 7:15AM-7:45AM
Shower and Change

3. 7:45AM-10:00 (Except Tuesday/Thursday/Friday)
Review and Read/Gym/Yoga

7:45AM-9:20AM (Tuesday and Thursday)
Review and Read, Coffee

7:45AM-10:00AM (Friday)
Yoga: Yes, I am taking yoga this semester, and hoping to maintain a habit. I might change my schedule to do yoga after meditating after knowing and mastering some of the postures.

4. 10:00AM-10:20AM (Except Tuesday and Thursday)
Designated time for coffee (by scientific research)

5. Classes
10:20-12:30 (MWF)
9:35-12:30 (T/Th)

6. Lunch
12:30- 1:45

7. Research/Studying

8. Dinner
7:30-8:45 (Except Mondays and whenever I work))

9. Free time
’til 10:00

10. Reading
10:00-10:30

11. Lights off
10:30 PM

What prompted me to do this whole routine thing is that I felt the need for structure, a routine of some sort. Specifically, morning routine. Does anyone ever feel that life is easier when you have your own routine (if you’ve tried to have one)? I do. I would not have to worry about anything to do the following day; I’ll just be wake up, change, then coffee. Anxiety and indecisiveness, two of my most negative traits, do not have to happen so early in the day involving such little things as what to have for breakfast (actually, I have been skipping breakfast since summer, but that’s another story).

Just a week ago, I have found this video about how we identify ourselves with our routines and how those routines, as the description says, “give us as sense of ownership.”

Although doing a morning routine looks easy, it’s not. The times, especially, will be hard to master, since I might be somewhere else sometimes and I might not be able to sleep until midnight, etc. It’s also for this semester, so I’d have to change it, as life changes.

And in this constancy, in this complete indifference to the life and death of each of us, there lies hid, perhaps, a pledge of our eternal salvation, of the unceasing movement of life upon earth, of unceasing progress towards perfection.

The Lady with the Little Dog, Anton Chekhov

Everyone’s a critic, they say, and that’s certainly true of the food world today. Of course, everyone has always been a critic, in the sense that customers have always made the most basic judgment of all: Do I want to come back to this joint? But there’s a contemporary development with respect to volume, in the dual sense of quantity and loudness. The volume of all this critical chatter is turned way up, and it’s harder than ever to ignore. Food is my favorite thing to talk about and to learn about, but an interest that is reasonable on a personal and an individual scale has grown out of all proportion in the wider culture. Imagine that you’re fascinated by model trains. You’re on fire with interest, you think about them all the time, they’re your consuming passion. But then, over about twenty years, the entire culture becomes obsessed with model trains. The model-train blogosphere grows exponentially. Model-train makers are plastered all over the covers of magazines, and stage train-building smackdowns on TV, and are treated as the new rock stars. Might you, in your private heart, think that maybe the whole model-train thing, still of tremendous interest to you, has somehow got a bit out of hand? That’s where I feel food is today.

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/03/shut-eat

From New York Times: 

Intense, highly demanding exercise has many health benefits and one signal drawback. It can be physically unpleasant, which deters many people from beginning or sticking with an intense exercise program. An encouraging new study, however, suggests that listening to music makes strenuous workouts feel easier and may nudge people into pushing themselves harder than they had thought possible.

Read more: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/22/how-music-can-boost-a-high-intensity-workout/