Name: Ired Bedi
Age: 59
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Location: Jl. Sudirman, DenpasarWhat’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
I used move around a lot to find jobs. I have worked in Jakarta, cities in Sulawesi, Timor and many other places. I have seen many good and bad characteristics in people. From all I have been through, one thing has stayed important to me: no matter where we are, we have to adjust ourselves to our situation; we can’t just hope the situation will please us. Our happiness depends on ourselves, whether we want to flow with the situation or not.

What’s most important?

My family. I’ll do anything to keep my family happy and healthy.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
When I was a kid, everything was so difficult, finding money for food and clothes. Now there are a lot of teenagers who don’t appreciate what they have. Some of them are rich, but they are lazy to go to school. They have access to many facilities but they don’t take advantage of them. Younger generations should adjust their way of thinking, their mindset.

Are you worried about dying?

Yes, I am afraid of dying.

When was the happiest time of your life?
When I have the chance to go to my hometown, which is very rare. Maybe once in five years I can get together with all my relatives there.

And the worst?
When my father died. I was attending a class at university when one of the lecturers came in to our class to talk to me. He said my father just died in the house. I was completely shocked; it was very unexpected.

What’s humanity all about?
It’s about how people treat each other, restraining any selfish attitude.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
I think the conflicts are based on differences of interests. Often they are fights to obtain power and money.

Is a peaceful world impossible?
It’s absolutely impossible.

How old do you feel?
Older than my real age.

Is there anything you still want to do?

Yes, I want to make my family happy.

Is one lifetime enough?
Yes, it’s enough

How has Bali changed since you were a child?
It’s totally different. When I was a child, there were no tall buildings, and ricefields were everywhere.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Tourism creates opportunities for the workforce and provides money. Yes, it’s been good.

What’s the major difference between the East and West?
I think people from the East are more independent.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
No, never.

What makes you so sure of it?
I have faith in it, which I cannot explain in words. I also believe in miracles God has sent to me.

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