Life Times

Life Times

Ni Nyoman Sardi is 85 and from the Tandeg area of Canggu

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

I’ve learned lessons from hard work as a farmer, merchant, servant and other various jobs that it’s hard to live when you have nothing.

What’s most important?

What’s important for me is to find food, a job and take care of my children.

What advice would you give to the younger generations?

I wish for the younger generations to have job security. I would tell them to always remember to pray to the one God.

Are you worried about dying?

No, I’m not, provided that I keep living an honest life.

When was the happiest time of your life?

Now is the happiest time of my life because my children and my grandchildren are successful. They make money and can afford a good life.

And the worst?

When I had a husband who didn’t care about anyone and had nothing in the world.

What is humanity all about?

Humanity is about not hurting others.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because of fights for materials and property.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

Yes, I think so. I still wish and pray for good to happen.

Are you disappointed with your life or happy at what’s happened?

Now I am happy because all of my sons are successful, but I’m sad when I remember all the hard times I went through.

How old do you feel?

I don’t know, but I still feel good.

Is there anything you still want to do?

Yes, I want to see the younger generation grow up in the right way.

Is one lifetime enough?

No. I want to be reborn again because I want to enjoy the modern era.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

Bali has changed a lot. Before, it was hard to get anything, but now it’s very easy.

Is it better or worse?

It’s better. Tourism in Bali has made finding work very easy.

So tourism has been good for Bali?

I feel that it has been good because most of my children work in the tourism industry.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?

I think most of the people in the West are doing well because tourists come to Bali from many different Western cities and countries.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

No. I’m very believing, and I always remember God in my heart.

What makes you so sure of it?

Because I feel that God has blessed me with the life I have now. (NK/BT)

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