Ulaanbaatar, MONGOLIA - Mother
Interview made by Cyril Bruyelle in August 2017
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I would go back the time when I was 5 or 6 years old. Because when I see my kid, he always looks happy. But I don't know what I would do exactly.
With whom would you like to have a coffee?
With the President of Mongolia.
If you could choose something that could be taught in every school in the world, what would it be?
Handcraft. Because these days I'm learning it and I would love to teach kids what I'm learning.
To you, what’s the main characteristic that all human being have in common?
Everyone gets happy, everyone cries.
To you, who is the happiest person on earth?
Someone who is with his/her family is the happiest person.
If you were President of the US, what would your first reform be?
I never thought about that. I would start meeting with kids.
What do you need?
For now I don't need anything urgently or necessarily. I have a kid, I have my life so only for my kid to be healthy, that's all I need.
What would you do if we gave you 1 million dollars now?
I've some business idea. I never thought about this much amount of money. But If I get that money I'll put 10% of money into my saving. I would spend some money for the business I'm thinking about and the rest of the money will go to kids that need to be taken care of.
Which innovation, realistic or not, would greatly ease your day-to-day life?
Life is not like a straight road. It always has some difficulties. So the thing that makes life easier is my mind. Everything depends on how we think. For example, if you do something hard with happy thoughts and you start thinking that it is not so hard then it'll become easier.
What’s the news that affects you the most in your country these days?
My parents are in the countryside and when I watch the weather forecast announcing a big snow storm or in the summer if they announce no rain, which will influence the health of the goats my parents have, then this affects me… Mostly news about nomad people touches my heart.
Do you think your life is easier or more complicated than the life of your parents?
Comparing with their life, better things are happening nowadays, even if there are still some bad parts today. For example these days kids have more chances to communicate and develop their educations but on the other hand they need a lot of things in their lives, which we didn't needed before; like computer etc... That's what I see.
If you had to create a company, what would it be?
I've been thinking about it a lot. I would love to have a company for handcraft. Because when we make products we need lots of different kind of material and tools. Sometimes it's so expensive or hard to find. So I would have a company providing goods for handcrafts and also providing lessons to learn how to make things.
Can you draw something beautiful?
I drew countryside. Mountain, River, Nomad life, Sheep and goat, Sun, Clouds. In my imagination it is a beautiful nature.
What are you afraid of?
Before I had no fear but recently I'm afraid that my son catches a cold.
What is your dream?
My dream is so big... Of course now I'm not alone I have kids. Therefore my dream has changed as well. The money that I'm earning now I'm saving some for my kids and trying to spend it for their education and everything to enable them to succeed in the future.
Close your eyes, you are in 2100, what do you see?
I see lot of flying cars with tall buildings. Our cities might be like that.
What is the most beautiful thing that you’ve seen in your life?
The most beautiful thing was nature.
If you had to write a book about the current world, what would be the title?
What does religion mean to you?
Everyone has God inside of his or her heart. I think people are God for themselves.
Which of your country's cultural specificities are you the proudest of?
I'm proud of traditional art culture. Folk song, traditional music instruments "Morin khuur" etc...
If you could do any job regardless of money, what would it be?
I would help kids who need it.
If you had to explain our planet to an alien, what would you say?
I would say we have a big ocean, billions of people living and speaking different languages.
And you, which question would you like to ask the world?
"Do you love your mother Earth?"