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Life Times

Ni Wayan Sampreg, 68, is a housewife in the Uma Alas area of Kerobokan

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

That it’s difficult to live in this world, and how important it is to protect all of my children.

What’s most important?

What’s important for me is to find food, for instance vegetables in the fields, or to be able to barter rice for some corn and fish.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

I hope my younger people will be able to take care of me and that my grandchildren will be able to be happy and successful.

Are you worried about dying?

When it’s time for me to die, I hope I die in the right way. I will just surrender myself to the one God when it’s time.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When I stopped suffering and when my children were able to start taking care of me financially.

And the worst?

When my husband was diagnosed with diabetes, and I borrowed money from everyone and everywhere in order to afford medicine, but he still left me and died.

What is humanity all about?

Humanity is about living in peace together.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

I don’t know because I don’t examine the conflicts.

Is a peaceful world possible?

Yes. I hope it will one day be peaceful.

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

I think I feel happy. I never feel sad, because I have financial support.

How old do you feel?

I feel old, and I don’t want to do hard work ever again. I feel very weak and don’t have much energy.

Is there anything you still want to do?

Yes. I want to continue making ceremony offerings, and take care of my grandchildren.

Is one lifetime enough?

No, I want to live one more time, so that I can feel what it’s like to live a modern life.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

Everything has changed and is different from how it was before. Before, it was very hard to find clothes and we only had one uniform each to use for school, and we had to use the same uniform for six years in a row during elementary school.

Is it better or worse?

It is better. Everything you want to buy is easier to find. Things are also made out of better materials. Before, pots and plates were made from soil but now they’re made from metal.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Yes, Bali has gotten better because of tourism. Tourism brings in money and creates jobs for our children so we can have better lives.

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

I don’t know, but I feel that life in the East is better.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

No, I have not doubted it, because I believe that God is always protecting me.

What makes you so sure of it?

Because my religion makes me feel calm and inspires me to continue running my own life. (NK/BT)

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