The leaves on a scrub or plant can remind us of the steps we take in life before we come into bloom. Those steps we take are the beginning of the pathway to our eventual enlightenment.
However firmly we feel our roots are planted, however much we believe we are in the right place and doing the right thing the universe might have different plans for us. There maybe a future waiting for us somewhere outside of our understanding or imagination. Do not attach yourself blindly through fear of the unknown, allow the universe to guide you gently to your destination.