I’m Julie! Pretty obvious really. But at the tender age of 50something, when I take off on my own, I’m just ‘me’. I’ve been introduced to people many ways in my life; daughter, sister, wife, mum, to name a few, and love that feeling of belonging and attachment, but I’m now also loving simply saying “I’m Julie” …….
I didn’t ever know what I wanted to be ‘when I grew up’, so for pretty much all of my adult life I’ve fallen into jobs, which have mostly been fine, but that’s all – just fine. I’ve always had a hankering to travel to exotic and far flung places, and ‘do something’ with wild animals. I used to dream of being brave and adventurous like Joy Adamson, Jane Goodall or Diane Fossey, and it was the film ‘Born Free’ that grabbed my imagination all those years ago. Ever since then I wanted to go to Africa and sit on that rock. (you know, the one where Elsa sits with her cubs at the end of the film)
In December 2010 after seeing the film again on television and talking animatedly about it, my son Aaron said “so go and do something with lions”, went on the internet, and found me a volunteer programme where I could actually do that. So I went. All on my own. Not knowing anybody. And I LOVED IT.
So many people describe something that happens to them as ‘life changing’, but in reality for most people it only changes something in their life for a very short period of time. This really did change mine, as over the years I’ve done more and more volunteering and traveling on my own, to the extent of leaving my family to fend for themselves and working abroad for months at a time.
( I also happen to love musicals, so here’s ‘When I grow Up‘ from ‘Matilda’ )