Swimming influences my personal development (4)

November 30th, 2012 by machnik3anna3s

By Anna Machnik (1995) LOK Krakow/Poland

It’s been known for years that sport can have a great influence on our lives, on our development. Not only is it good for our health condition but it’s a fantastic way of getting fit and slim. It gives us energy for life, but also changes our personality. It’s got an influence on our behaviour and on who we become.

I remember I’ve always liked sport and I’ve always associated playing volleyball, basketball or simply running with having fun. I believe that being active brings a lot of joy in our lives, it makes us happy and cheerful people.


I will never forget those funny run-competitions in my primary school, when our class was divided into 2 groups and each of us had to run fast so that his or her team could win. It was so emotional, everyone was so united and into it, and the winners looked like the happiest kids in the world. Can you imagine that?

Present day

Right now, as I’ve grown older I find sport as a nice way of spending time. Every week I go to a swimming pool. Despite tiring weeks at school, when I go into the water and swim over a dozen pools I am even more tired, but extremely happy. I can say that sport gives me lots of happines, but it also teaches me patience and durability.

At PE lessons we often play team sports such as volleyball or basketball, from which we can learn a lot. First and foremost, they teach us how to compete and how to respect others. Even if me and my mates play on two different sides as opponents, we are still friends and we respect each other. We’re in this together and when we play in one team we learn how to cooperate as we’re all responsible for the final score. Secondly, sport teaches us how to cope with both – victory and failure. Once we win and once we lose. But what if we lose more often? It’s okay, it’s not the end of the world, right? We have to go on and eventually we’re going to win.

Isn’t it a great way of how to be tenatious? I believe it is. What do you think?

Somebody else’s opinion

I asked my friend who plays footbali in a club what role sport has in his development and he replied without hesitation that football has a big part in his life. He told me that he made lots of friends during workouts and matches. Moreover he added that he’s got a better condition now, he’s become fitter and although the beginnings were tough for him as he frequently had injuries, now he’s learned how to overcome pain and difficulties.

What about you?

Do you think doing a sport plays a big or small role in shapening our personality? Do you do any sports? If so how do they change you?

Life in communist times – how would you “find yourself”?

March 26th, 2012 by machnik3anna3s

By Anna Machnik (1995), Katarzyna Sieradzka (1995), Edyta Śladowska (1995) LOK Krakow/Poland

The Second World War brought lots of destruction. Poland was destroyed, so when Stalin took control over Poland, Polish people believed in his promises and good will. They thought he would help them and Poland will be rebuilt again. They were wrong. Another period of darkness and threat appeared in the Polish history. There are lots of different opinions about that time, but personally I think, I wouldn’t be able to live in communist times, communist reality.

First and foremost, the soviets tried to ruin the Polish culture. Students compulsory had to learn the Russian language. Soviets changed some traditional Polish holidays and replaced some traditions (they switched Santa Claus to Father Frost for example). As a Polish person, who loves my country I can’t accept destroying the Polish culture.

What is more we live in the twenty-first century. Now we can get almost everything easily. Shop shelves are full. We have cell phones, computers, the Internet. I can’t imagine life without them.

In communist times there were too few goods in shops. Sometimes there were no goods at all. In order to buy something people had to queue all night.

On the other hand in communist times each adult could easily find a job and they always got their salary, so they didn’t have to worry about their family’s future. However, some people worked very hard and some did almost nothing. It was unfair, because either way they earned the same amount of money.

To sum up, I wouldn’t find myself in communist times. Although everybody had jobs, people were deprived of basic goods and their national culture. So I think that our present life is much easier than the one in those times. Now we can do what we want, whenever we want. We don’t have to pretend to be somebody else to survive and live untroubled. Our country is finally free and we can be proud of it.

Souvenirs from the past and their contemporary equivalents – Sickle

January 3rd, 2012 by machnik3anna3s

By Anna Machnik (1995) LOK Krakow/Poland

”Sickle” is one of the oldest hand-held agricultural tools, made of a metal blade attached to a short wooden handle. People created it to help themselves in harvesting grain crops. Sometimes it was also used as a weapon. The longer-handled scythe, which is still used today evolved from the sickle.

Harvesting with a sickle is very slow. Working with this tool requires us to bend down, or kneel on the ground. We just have to hold the top of the tufts with one hand, and with another hand we cut it down.

”Sickle” was already known in the prehistoric times – in neolithic. Its blade was not made just like it is today. Instead of metal, people used stone. In the Babylonian times people used to make sickle from burnt clay, and finally in the iron age to make its blade, they used metal for the first time.

In the medieval times the shape of a sickle was semicircular. Basically it didn’t differ much from its     shape we know today. However there were a few kinds of sickles: some of them were used only for  cutting grain, and some only for cutting grass.

Until 19th century, the sickle was the main tool for the harvest in the world. Because of its simplicity and low cost, it is still used in some countries of the ”Third  World” today (especially to reap cereals such as wheat and rice).In developing countries it is rather rare – some people use it only on individual farms to cut grass or weeds in order to feed the animals.

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January 3rd, 2012 by machnik3anna3s

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