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Beautiful, Inspirational Lessons From Amazon’s ‘A League Of Their Own’

A League Of Their Own is an incredibly powerful period comedy/drama that centers around the WWII All-American professional women’s baseball league. All eight episodes are available to watch on Amazon Prime, and you’re going to blow through them even if you aren’t a sports fan. Here are some beautiful, inspirational lessons to take away from the show:

You’re allowed to decide you want something different than you originally thought you wanted.

Carson learns a ton about herself and what she wants throughout the course of this series. Although she’s hesitant to chase after what she wants at first, she learns that it’s okay if what she originally thought she wanted isn’t what she actually wants. Sometimes, you misunderstand yourself. And sometimes, you grow and change over time. Either way, you are allowed to leave behind the people and the places that aren’t bringing you happiness anymore. Remember what Greta says: “I don’t think you’re running away from anything. I think you’re running toward your destiny.”

The risk will be worth the reward when you’re doing what you really want.

Whether you take risks in love or in your career, there’s a chance you’re going to end up getting hurt. You might face rejection or ridicule — but if this is what you really want, then you need to be brave and do the damn thing anyway. Even if the experience only lasts a short while, at least you won’t have any regrets. At least you can say you’re proud of yourself for choosing the right thing, not the easy thing. Like Max says, “I would rather have five minutes of what this feels like right now than a whole lifetime of before.”

Believe in yourself because you don’t need luck to succeed.

You don’t have to wait until the perfect moment to make your move. You don’t have to worry about whether you’re wearing your lucky socks or underwear. You know why? Because you make your own luck. You need to believe in your own capabilities. Admire your own strengths. Admit that, yes, you are a badass and you can do anything you set your mind to. Like Greta says, “I don’t believe in luck. I believe in us.”

You deserve to be with the person who makes you happiest.

One of the best things about A League Of Their Own is that it has a large number of queer people in its cast and creative teams. Because of the wonderful representation on and off the screen, it has received a powerful response from queer people. So remember, it doesn’t matter what the rest of the world says about your relationship. It doesn’t matter if dating this person means having a harder life. You need to follow your heart because if you keep pretending to be someone you’re not, you’re going to end up miserable. If you keep shrinking yourself for the benefit of other people, you’re going to regret it. Like Greta says, “They don’t get to tell us whether this is real.” If you love someone, you love them. And you deserve to be with them. You deserve to chase after your happiness.