President Obama on Marc Maron’s podcast awhile back. I still think of this snippet of conversation a lot.
Obama: I was talking to somebody the other day about why I actually think I’m a better president and would be a better candidate if I were running again than I ever have been. And it’s sort of like an athlete—you might slow down a little bit, you might not jump as high as you used to, but I know what I’m doing and I’m fearless.
Maron: For real. You’re not pretending to be fearless.
Obama: Right, you’re not pretending to be fearless. And when you get to that point?
Obama: And also part of that fearlessness is because you’ve screwed up enough times that you know that—
Maron: It’s all happened.
Obama: It’s all happened. I’ve been through this, I’ve screwed up, I’ve been in the barrel tumbling down Niagara Falls, and I emerged, and I lived. And that’s such a liberating feeling. It’s one of the benefits of age. It almost compensates for the fact I can’t play basketball anymore.