Lost For Words: When the Jew in me argues with the Pole

And here I am, yet again, with my heart in my throat, tears in my eyes, sick in my stomach and a hand over my mouth, reading about a neighbour-to-neighbour slaughter of every Jew (men, women, children) at the hands of not just the Nazis (I’m sorry, all of my history teachers, you have been white-washing the history while indoctrinating us with false patriotism, talking about the Polish pride, golden freedom and your righteous code), but their own neighbours, who took kitchen knives in their hands, entered the houses of their Jewish neighbours and within less than a week slaughtered every single one of them. Five thousand Jews were slaughtered in that pogrom. In that small, tiny village that means absolutely nothing on the map, the representatives of three different nations (German, Polish and Ukrainian) managed to find determination and unfailing strength in their arms to lift their guns and knives at people who were defenseless. Love your neighbour like yourself, the commandment that is central to Christianity, just at it is central to Judaism, didn’t apply here. Chas v’shalom.

I know where to look for the said family now – in Yad vaShem.

I am at war with myself most of the time. On one hand, I grew up in Poland. I had friends there. My family still lives there. My brother studies at the university near the town I am reading about at this very moment and he has friends too. Sometimes I call my Mum to say: “Hey Mum, I’m now in X”. She answers usually: “Oh, that’s next to us”, but she never asks for details. … More Lost For Words: When the Jew in me argues with the Pole

The Art of Non-Waiting

“No-one sends birds to flying school so they will be ready to fly when they need to. No-one teaches them the routes on which they need to migrate annually. No-one sends cubs to a school to teach them how to be lions. No-one even sends children to a children school to teach them how to be children. But, somewhere during the course of our lives, doubt comes in, and we think that we have to learn everything in advance otherwise we will never be ready. Consequently we never take a step forward and we are always afraid of making a mistake. Just as the birds, the cubs and the children don’t need a school to teach them how to live, so don’t you. When the time comes, you take the step, even the smallest one, but without thinking how you will handle it later – and you will see how far you can fly”. … More The Art of Non-Waiting

22 ways in which physical exercise changes the way you think about life

There is a moment in life when you get so caught up in daily activities that you stop appreciating the simplicity and beautify of physical exercise. You keep telling yourself that you are just too busy to go to the gym, or to go running, or to do any kind of exercise for that matter. … More 22 ways in which physical exercise changes the way you think about life

How sex-offenders got their Trump card

I dislike politics enough to keep myself away from getting involved with it. This is especially the case with American elections. This year looks like the stand-up comedies won’t be missed, because the American citizens feel greatly entertained by the new team of comedians  – Trump and Clinton. Personally, I think that neither should take … More How sex-offenders got their Trump card

Men say they like independent women? It’s hardly the truth

The 20th Century has seen many changes ranging from wars to uprisings. However, one of the biggest social changes, the ripple effect of which is still palpable today, has been seen in the role the women play in the society. With women joining workforce and universities, the role of the Woman has dramatically changed. We … More Men say they like independent women? It’s hardly the truth

Life has moments when it appears stable, but so does nitroglycerine

I think that “are you O.K.” is the most hated question I have ever heard in my life. It’s not “are you O.K. – do you need a hug?” or “are you O.K. – I know I can’t help, but let me just sit here with you and you don’t have to say a word”, … More Life has moments when it appears stable, but so does nitroglycerine

Don’t worry, it’s because he likes you: On how we give legitimacy to inappropriate behaviour

Second grade in primary school. I was just about to finish changing into my regular clothes following the PE class, when another group came in to change. Along with them came a boy, who somehow felt compelled to practice all his abusive vocabulary on me. He was standing to my right as I was packing … More Don’t worry, it’s because he likes you: On how we give legitimacy to inappropriate behaviour

How green the grass has to be: The misunderstanding of one’s passion

Why do people think that if one is feeling stuck and wants to feel alive again, they must have burned out and are checking if the grass is greener on the other side? Why any expression of desire for more passion in life has to be met with a cold-shouldered “you’re just bored and looking … More How green the grass has to be: The misunderstanding of one’s passion

…And a half

It’s such a shame that the majority of you don’t speak Polish. You would absolutely love the series I have just been watching. The lines are hysterical and the humour is sadly non-translatable into any other language so the subtitles would simply spoil it. It’s not the first time I have seen it, but it’s the first … More …And a half

How to train your dragon (A 12-step guide for the perplexed)

Life can be quite a discovery if you happen to be a friend with a dragon i.e. someone who is a hybrid of an extrovert and an introvert. In a way, nothing that you know about people helps you with understanding your dragon; commonly-applied interpersonal rules seem to be out-of-date while the feeling of continuous uncertainly remains. Dragons … More How to train your dragon (A 12-step guide for the perplexed)