Couldn’t and didn’t

Florence Foster Jenkins, the movie, is a fascinating story about a socialite and music lover in 1940s New York. Oblivious to her own lack of musical ability, she (i.e. Meryl Streep) tried performing as an amateur soprano.

Her loved ones kept her shielded from any real feedback for a long time. But, she eventually found out that she was mocked for her performances in the press. While obviously disheartened, in the closing scenes of the movie she said something that stuck with me – “People may say I couldn’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.”

She was unequivocally right. Her failure wasn’t for a lack of effort.

How many of us can say that for things that matter to us?