The day we are finished with learning what we have come to learn in this particular life experience, is the day we make our exit. It is not a physical decision, but one that is made at the soul level.
Every day that we are living on this dimension, on this Earth, we have ample opportunities to learn -- it could be something as simple as learning to enjoy this place, enjoy the connection we have with it, through the people, the animals and various critters, the breathing of the planet itself. It could be we are here to learn to love -- or allow ourselves to be loved -- in the way that we need it. It could be that we are here to accept, tolerate, appreciate, and respect the differences between ourselves and others -- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually....
It could even be something as simple as to live life and utilize our natural talents and abilities for expression.
On a deeper level, it could be that we are here to learn to love ourselves, and not allow anyone to trod over us, to hurt us, to demean or depreciate the delicacy of who we are -- learn to overcome early negative programming, put it aside by standing up for the self and moving on, never allowing it to occur again -- only to vibrate to a higher octave self-approval and acceptance and improving the quality of life. A test? Perhaps...
Or on the other side of that same coin, just as importantly, perhaps it is to learn to recognize that we have become the abuser, and it is to correct the early negative programming, learn that it's okay to put down the heavy handed sword protecting the heart, and to expose that vulnerable soft-side of the self that is, and always has been, within.
We could be here to learn through life circumstances to sit down and shut up, or stand up and speak up. We know which it is we need to do.....
Life is a self-help opportunity to learn, to grow and evolve into becoming whatever it is that our soul-level dictates of us...and like it or not, sooner or later we comply.
Do we 'fail'? Nope. 'Tis true, due to our irresponsible choices, judgements and behaviors, over lifetimes we can delay the 'graduation', or perhaps be demoted to replay the 'grade' again and again until we 'get it' -- not all that different than is amusingly portrayed in "Groundhog Day" .... however the Universe is patient, and eventually we evolve.
The Law of Cause and Effect, more commonly known as KARMA, does not judge -- it gives us our 'just reward' that we have earned by our past and present deeds, actions, non-actions, attitudes and perceptions that we live by...always giving us opportunity to relearn and reprogram the consciousness to express, and live, in a way that reflects the higher vibrated light of our soul.
So let's keep it simple -- just live to love, enjoy, appreciate, and be responsible to the self -- and others. It is not a test, it is a lifestyle. Sooner or later, we will get there. It is okay, and all is well. Truly is. :))