A woman who I share a twenty year friendship with commented that she would never have predicted that either of us would be where we are at today. I wouldn't have predicted it either even though it was our choices that brought us here. Does that mean we were slaves to our subconscious? Or were we manipulated by outside forces?
I really do think we make our own choices but sometimes we don't see them coming until the last minute. We'll jump at something or someone without thinking. We'll launch an opinion down people's throats. We'll shave our head and invest all our stock in Apple.
This is Uranus in Aries stuff. Impulse (Aries) towards the future (Uranus). Instinct (Aries) and intuition (Uranus). Sometimes these choices are bang on. Sometimes we crash and burn. Most of these impulses are self motivated (Aries).
I like to look back on impulsive decisions and try to discern what I was thinking at the time. The answer is usually that I wasn't thinking, I just acted. Uranus will be transiting through Aries until 2019 so there will be plenty of opportunities for impulses that are brilliant, questionable and crazy. Personally, I like a blend of all three.