Whatever happens, happens in the story only.
"Suffering" or "awakening" are experiences/appearances that arise in YOU.
The "I" wants the story to change.
The "I" wants a different experience.
But it is the "I" itself which is an experience arising in what YOU really are.
YOU don't change, your appearance does.
So enlightenment is already the case. Nothing will happen, but this cannot be imagined by the "I" character.
The story may change significantly, or not, but isn't change the constant in the story whether seeking for Oneness appears or not?
The re-cognition of your true nature appears as an "event" in the story. It doesn't have to "happen" for you to be what YOU already are. The "I" wants to know this, to know the unknowable, but YOU don't need anything to appear or not appear in the story. YOU are already complete, whole, love-ing.
In reality, there is always knowing and no suffering - now.