The more I think about it the more complicated it gets. I guess my answer is that I really don’t know if we have a free will. We do have freedom of choice that’s what makes life exciting. Maybe that’s real and the rest is an illusion.
My free will is in my mind. I can choose the thoughts I embrace, along with my attitude and reaction to what is occurring around me. It’s not always feasible to be able to change my external environment physically, or even the individuals I come into contact with. However, my decisions and actions can also have an impact on the perceptions of those around me.
Although many of our hormonal and emotional reactions are based off of our genetics and our upbringing, we can alter our epigenome, or the regulation system that turns gene expression on and off, through our choices and our intent towards outside stimuli. We can choose what knowledge we accumulate, our environment, and to some extent to overcome our default reactions to outside stimuli.
It was said, that we exercise free will when we choose our environment. But even of that I am not sure. I have rarely felt in my life that I actually possess real free will. Perhaps it is me who actually lacks real willpower and thus feel lost. I don’t know.