I also tried a long time ago to learn to play an acoustic guitar. If my life had depended on it I simply couldn't make the fingers of my left hand contort anywhere near being able to touch the strings as they should be touched. So that went by the board as well.
I have always wanted to play the banjo but I thought if I can't hold a guitar properly there is no point trying the banjo. So for the rest of my adult life I gave up even thinking about learning to play a musical instrument.
But when I retired Sarah gave me a fun book called Things to do When Retired and one of the things was/is, learn to play a musical instrument. So I then went out and bought a mouth organ. I thought it's cheap to buy and if I get fed up with it I've not wasted much. I was bloody useless! That now sits in a box under my bed along with the book of tunes and the cd it came with.
Now 7 years later I am keen to have another attempt at making music in some shape or form. So a couple of days ago I ordered from Amazon a cheap Penny Whistle.
I think though, that I will only practice when in the house on my own until I can at least play some sort of tune so that I don't drive my girls crazy. In fact perhaps I should go sit in either a large field or on the beach to practice, lol.