Name : Ibu Meni
Age : 60
Occupation : Offerings seller
Location : Sukawati Market

What’s the greatest lesson has taught you?

I’ve learned that life doesn’t have to be hard. I can live very simply and be very happy with very little as long as I have people around me to support and be supported by.

What’s the most important?
My family and community. Without these people I would be very lonely.

What advice would you give to the younger generations?
Take care of yourself, your body and mind. Don’t abuse yourself with alcohol and drugs and food that is bad for you.

Are you worried about dying?
Yes and no. I’m not scared of physically dying but I will be very sad to leave this life behind.

What was the happiest time of your life?
I am very happy now because I have faced hard times and had to take care of my family and now have others to take care of me. I feel a sort of freedom.

And the worst?
When I was young my family was very poor and I had to leave school and start working very young. I sometimes wish I had been able to be a child longer.

What’s the humanity about?
It is about community and being good to the people we are surrounded by.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
People don’t realise that when they do something bad, it starts a ripple of bad things happening. If you do something bad to someone, it is likely that they will take that bead feeling out on someone else and so on.

Is a peaceful world possible?
I wish I truly believed that it was, but I don’t see a way to achieve it.

How old do you feel?
Old but not too old.

Is one lifetime enough?
It is enough but we always feel like it would be better if we had more time.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?
It’s changed in many ways but I don’t think there is anywhere in the world that is able to stay the same forever. There are many things in Bali that haven’t changed as well.

Has tourism been good for the Balinese?
I don’t know if it has been good for everyone; it hasn’t really affected me in my daily life. I just see more foreign faces now.

What’s the major difference between the East and West?
I don’t know much about the West but I think we are much more spiritual in the East.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
No. Never.

What makes you so sure about it?
I can’t imagine my life without my religion.

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