She may not make it. But it won’t be for lack of trying.
One of the dumbest and most vexing of all banalities is the condescending claim that someone is “trying too hard.”
“Trying to hard” is something that always offends those who have too much and got what they have too easily.
Jay Nordlinger relates a priceless anecdote about the Indian educator Ben Chavis, who, having been accused of (angels and ministers of grace defend us!) “acting white,” responded: “‘Acting white’ is not enough. I’m acting Jewish. Or maybe Chinese.”
Trying too hard? No such thing.