Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, I've had some people tell me to focus my attention on one or two things, while some others say I should try to be open to everything. Which is right?
A: Both. There is a difference between floundering around, hoping something will interest you or hoping that a career or a hobby will reach up and bite you, and experimenting and experiencing life to find out what you like. I think you should try as much as you can, especially something that is outside of the box. It's the only way you will learn.
-- Barry Courter
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...