You can’t shoulder everything on your own.
Luisa has a whole song about how much pressure she’s under. She’s trying her hardest to protect her family and feels like she’s worthless if she can’t be of service. However, you don’t always have to be the problem solver, and you don’t have to be strong all the time. Emotional vulnerability is not a weakness. It’s okay to admit you’re struggling. You’re not letting anybody down by being honest about the way you’re feeling. If anything, your authenticity will bring you closer together. Lies will only push you apart. When you’re struggling, you’re allowed to ask for help. You don’t have to do it all alone.
You’re never going to be perfect.
Isabela was trying her hardest to make her family proud. She was even considering marrying someone she didn’t love in order to please her abuela. However, she learned the hard way that you will never be good enough for certain people. Instead of letting that get you down, let it inspire you. Since some people are never going to be happy with you, work toward making yourself happy. Stop caring so much about everyone else’s opinions because they shouldn’t be shaping the direction of your life. You should be making your own decisions. What makes you happy might not be what your family members – or society – think will make you happy. So do your own thing! The people who really love you will support you, regardless.
You shouldn’t let yourself be defined by one thing.
Your career doesn’t define you. Your relationship doesn’t define you. Your talent doesn’t define you. This movie is a reminder that human beings are complex. They can’t be boiled down to one trait or talent. Even though you might feel like your intelligence or beauty or sense of humor is the only thing special about you, you’re wrong. There are so many interesting things about you.
Families don’t always know what’s best for you.
You shouldn’t feel pressured to do what is expected of you. Everyone in Encanto was trying hard to please Alma, but it was only making them miserable. As soon as they start listening to their own hearts instead of doing what they thought they were supposed to do, they ended up happier.
You shouldn’t compare yourself to anyone else.
Mirabel sings about how she can’t move mountains or heal what’s broken. She wants a miracle to show her the direction her path should take and give her life meaning. However, she’s already special. She already has so many beautiful qualities, but she has trouble seeing them because she keeps comparing herself to others. The grass is always going to look greener on the other side. That’s why you have to ignore everyone else and focus on you.
You can always rebuild.
At the end of the film, when the house falls apart, they’re able to rebuild. This is a reminder that you’re always able to bounce back. No matter what you’ve been through, you still have a fighting chance. You can work your way up again. You can find happiness again. You can start from scratch and create something beautiful, so don’t assume that one setback is the end of the world.