FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
How much you inspire me, Florence Foster Jenkins! You did not let the world’s opinion stop you from pursuing your vision: singing. You sang from your heart even though the world said that you had no talent. How admirable the depths of your courage and passion!
This is where your greatness lies: the depths of your courage and passion. You believed in yourself. What an excellent example for anyone in the arts.
How wonderful that you had the money to finance your concerts. If you had not, then I may never have known about you. I love how your concerts sold out. People may have come to your concerts to laugh at you, but that never stopped you. You saw their laughter as “professional jealousy.”
There are people who take risks, and people afraid to take risks. To feel superior and compensate for their lack of courage, people afraid to take risks criticize and laugh at the risk takers. Some super-sensitive risk takers may stop taking risks to avoid the criticism and laughter. Your life demonstrates that the cowardly critics do not matter when you believe in yourself and pursue your passion.
I hope the upcoming movie about you (starring Meryl Streep) focuses on your courage, passion, and how much you believed in yourself. I hope it does not focus on you as the butt of jokes.
Thanks to you, Florence Foster Jenkins, never again will I allow cowardly critics to discourage me from creating. For this, I am eternally grateful. Thank you.
God bless you, Florence Foster Jenkins. God bless you.