Ni Nyoman Awan is a 75-year-old canang (offerings) seller in Mengwi
Whatâ€™s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Never give up hope.
Whatâ€™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 donâ€™t know because I never see the worldâ€™s conflicts.
Is a peaceful world possible?
I hope so.
Are you disappointed with your life or happy at whatâ€™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?
Itâ€™s not enough. I want to be reborn.
How has Bali changed since you were a child?
I think Bali hasnâ€™t changed.
Is it better or worse?
It feels the same.
Has tourism been good for Bali?
Maybe itâ€™s been good. I hear that tourists are very kind.
Whatâ€™s the major difference between the East and the West?
I donâ€™t know.
Have you ever doubted your religion?
No, I have never doubted it.
What makes you so sure of it?
Because Iâ€™m a good Hindu and I go to the temple early in the mornings.Filed under: LifeTimes