She is so right! What she's saying is basically that we need to realize that we are not empowered until we can get out of the past and work on who we are and how we feel right now, in the present. We can't change what happened in the past, but we CAN change how we react to those things now and in the future.
Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me. (Woody Guthrie)