Carpe diem – as Antidote to Forced Wanderlust

These luxury pencil cases will soon be winging their way to some young Greek people who are living-working-studying abroad.  They have been personalised with the initials on one side, and “carpe diem – Seize the day” on the other.  It’s my personal message to them and all the other young, and not so young, people who have left their homes in search of a better future.

As you probably all know Greece is going through tough times, and I won’t bore you too much with that, but I just want to skim over two of the most talked about problems…. the “brain drain” and the “refugee” crisis.

The brain drain is twisting  that wonderful yearning for travel and adventure called  WANDERLUST because many don’t want to leave their homes and families to find a job outside Greece.  And as for the poor souls trudging through Europe in search of a future…what can be said?  They, who are at the mercy of cold, inhuman monsters who take thousands of dollars and think nothing of piling men, women, children and babies into unseaworthy vessels (30 people in an inflatable dinghy that should hold 4!)  to cross the Aegean, if they are lucky, to reach the outskirts of Europe…the Greek islands.   They are most definitely NOT traveling because they have WANDERLUST, they’re escaping the ravages of war, traveling to and through Europe that is POLITICALLY not welcoming them with open arms.

Now I don’t know the answer to these problems (although I do have a few ideas I mostly wish for a very strong wind to blow a few Richard Heads off their high pedestals…but that whole other story!) but I’m trying to think of ways that I can do something as well as donating.

So I just want to send  CARPE DIEM – SEIZE THE DAY-   to each and every person who has left both their home, and WANDERLUST,  behind, in the dust and rubble of their old peaceful lives.

Pencil case

Personalised luxury waxed leather pencil case with nickel silver hardware and zip. It’s embossed and silver foiled with initials and Latin quote and is fully lined. L: 21cm X H: 8 cm X W: 8 cm.

Further to the refugee crisis.   Here are a few suggestions and I’ll keep the list updated.

Philotimo. Philanthropy. Humanity.    

a wonderful article from and their INDEGOGO campaign 

Helping Those Who Are Helping Refugees in Greece

See also:

OXFAM INTERNATIONAL – Syria refugee crisis – How you can help during the refugee crisis in Europe



HOW TO HELP REFUGEES – further suggestions

An updated list of organizations to donate to help victims of the refugee crisis


Thank you for reading!



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