“Kinfolk Issue Nineteen: The spring edition of Kinfolk explores our relationship with adrenaline and its vital contribution to our quality of life. After all, finding joy in knuckle-whitening moments can be enlivening, not immobilizing. Whether it’s through leaping out of a plane at 14,000 feet or cutting off all our hair, or by cliff-diving into the sea or getting a tattoo, making friends with fear opens us up to a flurry of exhilaration. If we aspire to live life instead of just watch it, our days won’t be safe or stilted: The best stories start with the most unexpected moments, and these experiences normally come from confronting our comfort zones instead of taking the easy, expected or well-lit route”.
My few favourite quotes from the issue you can read below:
“For some further reading on our flighty heartbeats, we’ve also excerpted two of our favorite books on the subject. The first is ‘One Courage’—written by the aptly named Geoffrey Scarre—which ponders the topics of emotional braver and perilous thrill-seeking, and the second is ‘Gut Feelings’ by the renowned German psychologist Greg Gigerenzer, which which explores the sociology behind our hunches and fight-or-flight instincts”.
“You don’t have to be a regular adrenaline junkie to flirt with danger. Whether you find yourself staring from cliff into the depths of a stormy sea or peached on the edge of a high diving board at your local swimming pool, cite phrase as the cause of your thumping heart, shaking hands and the little voice inside that questions ‘what if’?”.
“Pretending to be someone other than ourselves can likewise endow us with new qualities: For instance, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Isaac Bashevis Singer used to write in a suit and tie to intimidate his internal censor. Perhaps we wear bright colors to appear creatively bolder or trade pajamas for a button-up shirt while working from home to fool ourselves into professional motivation. Masking ourselves is powerful, because in the act of tricking others, we also trick ourselves”.