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’m 24 years old, how am I supposed to know what I want to do in life if I haven’t done it yet?
A: No one can answer that for you. I always envied my friends growing up who knew exactly what career they wanted and the path they would take to get there. I had a long list of things I knew I did not want to do, but very few ideas about what I wanted to do. The only thing I can offer is the same thing that every happy and successful person I’ve ever met says — and they all say it — “Find something you love doing and figure out how to make money doing it.”
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 ...