I Dream of a New Roof.

Close your eyes. Day dream, and where does your mind wander to?

I always said to my Mum, if I could do anything in the world, I would talk to as many people in the world and hear as many life stories as possible. I love hearing about people and how different a life can be, yet how similar we all are and how all of us deep down, have fears and a dream, that we so often ignore and let our fears get in the way of.

We live in a world that is so connected, yet we seem to be losing human connection. Even looking up from our iPhones for five minutes whilst on the tube to have a real life human conversation, is seen as barbaric.

I am lucky enough that recent circumstances have led me to have little ties and the freedom to chase after my dream, and I believe now, more than ever, is a perfect time to chase it and show that we are all human, very similar, yet, with very different fears, hopes and dreams.

I recently interviewed a street seller up in a remote mountain village of Vietnam. Whilst there were a few language barriers, what struck me most of all, is how much is reminded me to be grateful for all of the small things I take for granted.

I hope you enjoy. x

 

Introduce yourself:

My name is Man Mai. I am 68 years old and I live in Thanh Kim Commune.

 

What is your occupation and how long have you been doing it?

I sell embroidery. It takes 3 months to make one clutch bag and 1 year to make trousers. Each row of this hat takes 3 months to make. I have done this all of my life.

 

How much do you earn each day?

I charge 50,000 vnd (£1.64) for the bag and 300,000 vnd (£9.80) for the trousers.

 

Are you happy with your job?

Very happy.

 

What is your biggest fear?

Not being able to work and support my family.

 

What is your biggest dream?

I dream of a new roof on my house.

 

It’s very easy to get sucked into your own world and feel as though there is no other way out. As part of my Happiness Hunter project, I will continue to meet people from all walks of life, and share their stories with you. I hope they will remind you of how there are infinite opportunities in the world, and if one version of your life isn’t working for you, although it’s difficult taking those first leaps of faith, there is always a way out, and that starts with you.

 

 

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