Name: Ni Wayan Margi
Age: 62
Occupation: Cake seller

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
That life is not about what you have, but how you feel.

What’s most important?
Having enough money for my family to have the things they really need. My family comes first, before anything else.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Don’t ever take family for granted. They will be there for you if you are there for them.

Are you worried about dying?
I’m not worried about dying but I don’t want to leave my family behind.

When was the happiest time of your life?
My mother left when my father remarried when I was eight years old and I didn’t see her again until about 10 years ago. It was an extremely emotional reunion. I was so happy she could meet her grandchildren.

And the worst?
When I was first married, my husband and I had to work very, very hard. Our first son was very sick when he was born and it took a long time for him to put on weight. It was a scary time.

What’s humanity all about?
Humanity is about living together and taking care of ourselves, and the people closest to us. Without our communities, especially here in Bali, our day-to-day lives would be very difficult.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
People are selfish and try to get more and more of everything. They can’t just be happy to have the necessities for life.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

It’s impossible if people don’t start to realize that stepping on others to get ahead is wrong.

How old do you feel?

As old as I am.

Is one lifetime enough?

Yes, but more lifetimes would be nice.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?
Bali is so crowded now. There are so many cars and motorbikes. The Balinese used to live off the land and walk just about everywhere they needed to go.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Yes and no. For people who were very poor and are able to live comfortably now, it’s a good thing. For people who were ok before and now just want more and more and want to become Westernized, it’s not so good.

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

I don’t know too much about people from the West but I know we are much more spiritual. It’s easier for us to live with a lot of people around us as well.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
Not for a moment.

What makes you so sure of it?
It is part of who I am. I have lived with it since the day I was born.

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