Are You Overcomplicating Life?

Life is really a lot simpler than it seems. We typically make things more complicated than they need to be. Don’t take anything or anyone (especially yourself) too seriously. Someone once said to me “Nothing is life or death, unless it is literally life or death.” I have found this to be true.

RELAX. Remember that you always have a choice in how you react to things. You can let challenging situations or circumstances hold you back, or you can allow them to propel you forward. If you live your life knowing that everything is happening for you instead of to you, you’ll start to see the opportunity for miracles through adversity, and GROW.

Learn to let go. When something no longer serves you, let it go. You have to make room for your dreams. Holding on to things, situations, or people out of fear will only create a barrier between you and your deepest desires.

HAVE FAITH. One of my favorite quotes on faith says, “When you come to end of all the light you know and its time to step into the darkness of the unknown. Faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen. Either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught to fly.” ~ Edward Teller.

BELIEVE. Believe in yourself. Believe that you were given your unique talents because you’re meant to succeed. Believe that no matter what, you are divinely protected. Go with the flow. Allow yourself to be lead.

SMILE. Start each day with gratitude.

BE THANKFUL for all that you are today and everything that you will become. Say thank you. Often. Even when things don’t go the way you planned or you’re faced with obstacles, remember that someone somewhere is going through far worse.

BE KIND, especially in your thoughts. There is always a nice way to do something. Commit to taking the high road.

APOLOGIZE. Don’t judge others or yourself harshly. Use your words to uplift people never to shame them. Always do your best.

PLAY. Be a beacon of light for others. Any chance you get to make someone’s day or ease someone’s burden take it! When you look at your life (which you should often) look for the laughter, but don’t ignore the tears.

CRY. Don’t hold things in. Bottled up emotions will only make you sick. Let it out. All of it.

FORGIVE. Forgive yourself for all mistakes and shortcomings, also forgive others. Never lose sight of the big picture. You are so blessed to be alive right now.

Remember to BREATHE. Eat well…take naps…invite abundance to dinner…stretch…pray….create….make eye contact…dare to dream…You are a being with limitless possibilities.

Find your wings, spread them, and always LOVE with your whole heart.

Known for her role in High School Musical, Monique Coleman is passionately committed to motivating teens to find their own voice and live up to their potential. For more essays from youth making a difference in the world, please visit

Photo Credit: Max Elman


Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

I do most f these, but then there are some I need to put more effort into! Thanks for the info.

Elena P.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa3 years ago

Thank you

Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Zarafonetis3 years ago

Really good article. Thanks for sharing.

Rhonda Hill
Rhonda Hill3 years ago

This is the best inspirational advice I have ever read. Thanks

LMj Sunshine
James Merit3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

LMj Sunshine
James Merit3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Ana R
ANA MARIJA R3 years ago

Good reminder. Thank you!

Daphne H.
Daphne H3 years ago


june t.
reft h3 years ago

keep calm and carry on