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Free will and sense of self

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Recently I've been struggling with questions about free will. Someone started talking about how we don't actually have free will etc which made me anxious and then I looked up a bunch of theories about it which I KNOW I shouldn't have done, but did anyway. I started freaking out about how we are who we are only because of our experiences, how if I was born somewhere else or to some other person, I would be a completely different person. I don't know why this is freaking me out so much. Does free will exist? Are we only a product of our upbringings and experiences? Agh.
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The worst thing I'm struggling with and can't get past is the thought that we only like the things we like and make there decisions we make because of our past and our experiences. Of course I believe we can make any decision we want and nothing is set in stone, but why do we like the people we like? Why do we like the movies we like? The food we like? Etc. It's like put anyone else in my position, in my life, have them grow up the exact same way I did, and they would be be same as me and like the things I like.
Nothing helps. I feel like I'm only the way I am because of conditioning, because of he way I grew up and my experiences, therefore my choices aren't my own, just a product of my experiences .
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