When I was being hired for the local Messiah affair, the contractor (a Dominican Nun) and I were hashing out who should play which part. She initially was going to have me play first, but then remembered that the person who was her rock on second was available and had always asked her if he could play first some day. I told her that I'd be fine on second. When she clarified, I made the comment, "I really have no ego to bruise any more," and then asked myself if I really actually said that. Meh, I'd rather play second or third and make sure those parts are handled competently and let someone else worry about being the superstar.

Contrast when I was this young man's age and would have behaved the same way. We do have the potential to grow up!