Ni Nyoman Awan is a 75-year-old canang (offerings) seller in Mengwi

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

Never give up hope.

What’s most important?

The most important thing in life is making money to support children.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

I advise the younger generation to live peaceful lives and to take care of their elders.

Are you worried about dying?

No, I am not worried because I have already achieved all my goals. I have a better life, good children and smart grandchildren.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When I had job security and was able to provide a good life for my children.

And the worst?

The worst was when my parents died. I felt I had been left alone in the world.

What is humanity all about?

I think humanity is about kindness.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

I don’t know because I never see the world’s conflicts.

Is a peaceful world possible?

I hope so.

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

I am happy because I like working.

How old do you feel?

I feel old, but I also feel life is easier because my children have good jobs.

Is there anything you still want to do?

Yes, I want to keep working, making canang and other offerings.

Is one lifetime enough?

It’s not enough. I want to be reborn.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

I think Bali hasn’t changed.

Is it better or worse?

It feels the same.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Maybe it’s been good. I hear that tourists are very kind.

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

I don’t know.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

No, I have never doubted it.

What makes you so sure of it?

Because I’m a good Hindu and I go to the temple early in the mornings.

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