Throughout the existence of Poland, the contributions made to the betterment of mankind is innumerable, and I am glad I can say “Jestem Polski”. To me, being Polish-American includes three pillars that should be practiced by all patriotic Poles, the first of which being the practicing of Polish culture and traditions. Being Polish-American also means studying the academia and works of art and literature born out of the heart of Central Europe, Poland. Finally, a large part of having a Polish heritage is Catholic faith. To me, being Polish means to be cultured, to be studious, and to be religious.
To me my Polish tradition means implementing Polish culture into my life. one of the ways I do this is by enriching my vocabulary with that of the Polish language, whether it be in song, or conversation. Implementing the culture of Poland also means to celebrate holidays as a Polish-American. This means having Polish food and drink, and celebrating in a Polish way, by following the customs and traditions of Poland. Being Polish also means studying the humanities of Poland. I do this by reading the likes of Adam Mickiewicz and his poetry, of Leszek Kolakowski critiques of Marx. Studying Poland’s humanities is also understanding the history of Poland, seeing the art of Poland, and hearing the compositions of those such as Fryderyk Chopin. As said by Kolakowski, “We learn history not in order to know how to behave or how to succeed, but to know who we are.” Finally being Polish to me means to live out my Catholic faith. I do this by being a lector for my parish and helping with mass. I also help by volunteering in my church community, and helping the less fortunate. All of these things are what it means to be Polish.
I am Polish by my traditions, I am Polish by my education, and finally, I am Polish by my faith. I live out my heritage through the holidays I celebrate, the food I eat, and the words I speak. I am living my Polish heritage by the works I read, the art I see, and the music I hear. Finally my heritage is my Catholic faith, which has been and integral part of Poland since the 10th century. In conclusion, being Polish is embracing the culture, the humanities, and the faith of Poland.