• P.O.V
  • By Emma Brain
  • Agency

Kate Hulett on AGENCY

Selfie: Kate Hulett

How many of us are seeking our purpose, and moreover, trying to muster up the motivation (or perhaps, courage) to pursue that purpose? It’s strange that from a young age, we’re taught to conform with social norms that follow a prescriptive path (school> uni> career> house> marriage> kids> retire) BUT ALSO, we’re told to follow our hearts and dreams.

That ambition, that self-awarded freedom to pursue dreams, that execution of freewill – that’s what I think of as agency.

My life has been an enmeshment of the very traditional and the completely unbelievable. I guess it’s a mix of personality-plus-circumstance that has forced my living with agency. Becasue of my ‘fuck it’ attitude, that acceptance of the inevitability of failures (and associated shame), and the search for fulfilment (don’t get me started about that trap) I try a lot of things.

OR, is it that I’ve rebranded ‘commitment issues’ as ‘agency’; “I live independently with free choice”?

Kate is someone we’ve admired for a very long time.
She’s made a huge impact on our hometown of Fremantle through her involvement in Many Projects, Spacemarket and her shop, Kate and Abel.
She always has something useful to say and we were delighted when she agreed to contribute to Issue 01 of our journal.

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