“Naiveté is an integral part of achieving something in life,” says Clarke. “You are just going to have to go out and give it a try." He ended up running a 4:45. Still a great result, and the validation he got from it re-affirmed a thesis he’d developed. “A life in film taught me that one minute you’re doing okay, and the next you’re driving a cab,” he says. "But through all of that, a spirit of perseverance is what got me through. You never lose that. In 10 or 20 years, I still want to be out there swinging.” This past year, Patrick ran his first marathon on his 50th birthday.
“At each new age bracket you recalibrate what you are hoping to pack into the next decade,” he says. But the message remains: stay true to yourself. And give yourself some credit. At least Clarke does. “You need to paint your life a little rosier than it is. I don’t want to give anyone the impression that life is a dream,” he says. “The impression I’d like to give is that it is always a struggle. At least when you are older you care less about what people think.”