Isn't it true that from today's perspective we feel like we had much less freedom in our past actions? Decisions were made, but they appear like they were on auto-pilot compared to the maturity of perspective we have today. Today we are older and wiser and understand better who we are.
Jiddu Krishnamurti once said, "Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all." When you observe how history doesn't repeat itself exactly, but how it rhymes sufficiently so that you can break free from its shadow with every new cycle it takes.
A spiritual path is about maturing and becoming more conscious of the choices we are faced with. Especially we spiritual travelers may have repressed our desires in the past, whereas today we are willing to face them instead. Or to the contrary, we may have been more egoistic and gone for our piece of the cake without thinking much, whereas today we understand the viewpoint of our partner much better and decided to be more lenient instead.
Time and occurrences come in spirals, and they appear again and again until we have transcended our present understanding and moved on to the next level of consciousness. But only when we are willing to face our agenda do we have a shot at breaking free from it, just as Carl Rogers said. Life and our experiences are here to set us free.