Poem by Maria Ermides // Illustration by Freya Bennett

Frustration coupled with endless contemplation.

A dangerous kind of mix

Drink it on down and mistake it for bliss.

Nothing comes from over-thinking they said

So wake up at 5:30 and don’t forget to successfully make the bed.

Create, make and create just please create

Do everything, take photos, make beautiful art as long as you don’t make mistakes.

Consume and let the influence of others inspire but not influence you

Be original, be transparent be fucking see-through.

But whatever you do, don’t think, especially not twice.

Because the real shakers are makers and only the doers truly succeed

And yet here you are, struggling to even conceive a simple daydream.

Then why bother?

In fact, don’t even try.

Resting on all of this potential can make you pretty tired.

So instead, go to sleep get those seven hours in.

Wake up at 5:30 and start the process all over again.


Maria Ermides

Maria is a work in progress who one day hopes to be an inspiration to young girls who are trying to work it all out too. She lives in Brisbane and loves to write, dance and create things.

Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who loves dreary grey days, libraries and coffee.
With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed media. Ramona Magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality, kindness and a little bit of feminist rage. You can follow her @thecinnamonsociety

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