Free will is in operation. We can choose to do or not to do something at any particular time.
We have goals for this life time, but there are many, many ways in which those goals can be accomplished. We come in with talents and abilities . . . and those can be expressed in multifarious configurations.
We are truly free to do as we like. However, the goal is always to know more light. Whichever path we take, it always leads to knowing more light, knowing who we really are.
We can take longer or shorter paths. But one thing is certain: we cannot fail. We cannot fail to come to know our true identity as spirit, and our heritage as love.