It may take longer or shorter. We can choose to detour, but eventually we all get there--the truth of our being, our light, oneness, God, All That Is.
By giving psychic readings I've discovered that there are longer and shorter paths. I saw this when people were at the fork in the road. Usually one fork is about less effort, some growth, but not as much as the other fork. The other fork presented huge leaps in growth.
Both are okay. Though, the path of more growth also offers more aliveness and more satisfaction in this life, besides huge soul growth.
The person gets to choose.
If they choose the easier path, down the road, they'll have a choice, again.
Eventually, they learn enough to choose the more challenging, yet more fulfilling path.
But all the forks in the road, all choices are about moving toward more consciousness, more light.