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How will you travel when you are older?

Big cars

small cars

four wheel drive

or two.

Coffee cup holders middle or side

heated seats and steering wheel too.

Which make or model?

Too much choice

eco, hybrid,

second hand

or new?


‘When we leave home will you do what old people do?

Buy a really expensive car

because you don’t have us to drive around?’


I want to say,

‘It makes me heart ache to think of that day’


‘There will always be place in my car, my home, my heart for you two’


I turn away and think.


The car I will chose then will be a horse,

so that I can ride

hips swaying gently,

hair pulled back loosely in a matching pony tail

down a dusty road

lined with olive trees to a village

where I am home and known

where I can buy fresh bread

and juice

and sit a while

in the square

drinking mint tea

in cupped hands,

before filling old saddle bags

with home grown tomatoes

plump peaches,

warm eggs

crisp leaves,

white cheese,

and riding back up the winding track

overlooking the glittering sea

to lay a large wooden scrubbed table

under the wisteria shade

to break bread

with the hands of people I love

whilst the sun dapples our skin.


‘A horse’ I say.

‘When that time comes I will travel only by horse.’


He tuts,

rolls his eyes

runs his fingers over

a shiny bonnet

and drifts away.

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Julie Leoni

Julie Leoni

Coach, author, podcaster, facilitator, Yoga and psychology teacher, learner

I have over 30 years of experience and qualification in various therapeutic and meditation/mindfulness based approaches. I work with change. Some changes we chose, others happen to us.  Sometimes we know we want to change but don't know how. Sometimes we don't want to change but external events or people are forcing us to change. The menopause, children leaving home, the end of a relationship or job, becoming a parent, coming out, bereavement are just some of the personal changes I support people with. I also work with people who want to make changes to their life and wider world in response to social issues such as Covid, the climate crisis and racial, sexual and gender inequalities. Times are changing whether we want them to or not and we need to be nimble, agile, curious and open in order to part of the new story emerging. Work with me to get clear on what matters to you, what makes your heart sing and what kind of future you want for yourself and those you love. It is possible to live differently, get in touch to explore how.

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