"We are not our thoughts, we are not our feelings, we are not our moods."

There is so much power in that statement because it effectively means we all have the ability to assess, think about, and evaluate our own thought processes. Some call it "taking a step back", and I think it's pretty cool. You can choose at any one time to take a step back and think about how your mind is working, or think about what you're feeling at this very moment.

This ability, is one that puts us apart from all other living beings on this planet, Self-awareness. It's the reason why we still have "power" over everything Earthly and why we can continue evolving (that is until AI becomes self-aware, at which point I sincerely believe we will be screwed). But it's all thanks to this that we can evaluate and learn from somebody's experiences, as well as our own, and it's also why we can make or break habits, and examine ourselves.

I find that it's this way of thinking that limits your potential as a person, as a friend, and as a human being.
"we can't help it, それは仕方ない、しょうがない, there's no way, it's fate, it's the way I was brought up". We're already determining and conditioning ourselves to believe that our potential is no longer in our control.

But all humans at the base in their core, are all the same. Once you strip everything away. We're all the same humans living on this Earth. We are not our feelings, habits, thoughts, moods, or opinions or perceptions that people may project on us.

We are whatever we acknowledge ourselves to be, whatever we determine ourselves to be.

We are free.