If we have come into this life to experience certain lessons and to grow from these, are some of these lessons predestined, chosen by ourselves at a soul-level, to be experienced? Are these lessons part of our soul-growth? We can think of ourselves as a rose bud, which first begins as a small green nub and then begins to form the petals of a rose within. As the petals take shape and form, they evolve and grow, soon bursting open and revealing themselves to the world. And as the rose continues to grow, absorbing the rays of sunlight and soaking up nourishment which filters up from the roots of the rose plant, it continues its evolution, expanding, filling out, and maturing. It then becomes a beautiful, flourishing and thriving rose.