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The Wright Opinion - Out of my rut
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The people who have known me for a long time know I’m a person who likes his ruts. Eating 20 corn dogs during fair week is no problem because when there’s something I like, I don’t require a lot a variety. I’m just fine sticking with the same old thing.

When I was a very young child, I loved Star Wars, the Dallas Cowboys, the Vanderbilt Commodores and drawing.

As a 48-year-old man, I love Star Wars, the Dallas Cowboys, the Vanderbilt Commodores and drawing.

I’ve been a full season ticket holder of the Nashville Predators  for the past 22 years and I’ve just signed up for five more seasons.

A big chunk of all of my Friday nights since 1992 have been spent with Josh Elam and Zac Sain at Three Star Cinema. 

When I decide I like something or want to do something, I’m fine with doing it for the rest of my life with very little variation.

So, after spending literally over half my life as the graphic designer at the Southern Standard, it was a pretty seismic shakeup in my life when I recently decided to accept the role of managing editor and the added responsibilities that come with it.

As a graphic designer, I enjoyed the general anonymity of the role. I love the newspaper and love having my hand in the way it looks and in the way the public responds to it, but I also enjoyed not being in the spotlight.

I’m quite content to do my thing sitting behind my monitor in the corner of the newsroom. Even better, for the last two years I fulfilled my role from my kitchen of solitude while working from home.

So perhaps the biggest adjustment for me is the inherent demand to be a more central figure in the public eye that comes with my new title. I was instructed to get out there a little more and let people put a face to the newspaper.

While my wife loves this part of the job description as it gives her more leverage to pressure me into going to more places with her, it’s definitely not my favorite part.

I wouldn’t consider myself antisocial but I’m no social butterfly. I don’t really like being the center of attention and I abhor public speaking.

You can imagine then, that my first two weeks in my new position  posed a violent ejection from my rut I’ve created as, in that brief time, I attended my first Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, my first local business ribbon cutting (where I had to step behind a microphone and speak) and my first Industrial Development Board meeting.

The transition has been made easier by the remarkable encouragement, kindness, patience and support I’ve received from everyone I’ve encountered in the public and the confidence they’ve expressed in me that I’ve been slower to find in myself.

My comfort zone has been shattered, but I guess that’s how you grow.

Goodbye rut.

Seth Wright can be reached at (931) 473-2191