And how do you reconcile all these responsibilities with being a wife and a mother?
It’s a matter of good time management. I would like to point out though, that I get a lot done because my mother helps me with household chores and really supports my activities. My daughters are almost grown up, one is 15, the other is 20. They are busy with their studies, so they don’t need as much attention as before. But that doesn’t mean we’re going in different directions, quite the opposite. Together, we are involved in the activities of the regional group and orchestra, so we are together at rehearsals and performances.
Does your husband support you?
Yes. Before getting married, he was aware of who he was taking for the rest of his life. (laughter) Back then I was already very active socially. He is patient, understanding and helps me organize various rural events when, for example, something needs to be brought over. Then, he is at the ready, so we work together as a family.
Of course, such activity requires some sacrifices, you have less time for yourself. But I don’t need vacations, for me the best rest can be a few hours of peace and quiet at home. Besides, there is a right time for everything. When I got married, my first priority was to have children. Only after they were born did I take up my education. I took my high school leaving exam 13 years after finishing high school, and I didn’t graduate from college until 2016. First, I majored in cultural management, then I graduated with a degree in preschool and early school education. So I studied what I wanted. As you can see, I didn’t miss out on anything.
Maniowy is your place on earth?
New Maniowy also has its charm, mainly due to the extraordinary views of the Tatra Mountains. That is why the inhabitants of large cities are so eager to settle here, looking for a respite from the city noise and for aesthetic experiences.
I was born here. I was brought up in the spirit of solidarity with the inhabitants of the countryside and in the conviction that it is worth doing something for my little homeland. Fortunately, God blesses me in this, because he gives me time for it all.
- In conversation with Monika Chrobak, Polish Radio journalist.
–Translated by Nicholas Siekierski
TVP WEEKLY. Editorial team and jornalists