Janne Bovjesson is a 52-year-old gardener from Sweden

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

It is very simple: to be happy and live life.

What’s most important?

To learn how to live.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Take care of yourself and be honest.

Are you worried about dying?
No. Why should I be afraid? It will come at some point, and if you are afraid, you will waste your life and won’t enjoy it.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When I was younger, I met a girl and fell in love with her. That was my greatest moment, I think.

And the worst?
That’s a difficult question. So many things have been sad, but I would rather not talk about them.

What is humanity all about?

It’s about being honest and trusting people.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

The basic problem is religion – conflicts about different religions. And money, of course.

Is a peaceful world possible?

I hope so, but I don’t think so.

How old do you feel?
Sometimes my mind thinks I am 20 or 25 again. I am not an old man in my head, but my body is not 25 anymore.

Is one lifetime enough?

As I told you, I’m not afraid to die, and I believe in life after death; so for me, one lifetime is enough.

How has Bali changed?
I first came here a year ago, and nothing has changed since then. Prices have increased, like everywhere in the world, but that’s all.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

I think so, because a lot of people live off of the money they make from tourism.

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

It seems to me that people are more open in the East than in the West.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
Difficult question… yes and no. When I was younger, I didn’t think about God, but when I had crisis in my life, I believed, because it made me feel peaceful.

What makes you so sure about it?

It makes me feel better; you must have something to believe in.

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