“The possibilities are endless.” It’s a mantra we repeat to reassure, inspire, empower. It makes us feel like the world is an all-you-can-eat buffet and offers us the thrill we felt as kids of spinning a globe and promising to visit whatever fabled land our fingers landed upon. But sometimes “endless possibilities” means an empty Word document with the cursor blinking like an impatiently tapping foot. It means a group brainstorm with open-ended questions that render participants silent and fretful. It means anxiety induced from too much variety in the breakfast cereal aisle or too many tabs open in your internet browser. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fifteen Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades.