The Buddha grew up in the samsaric or confused world, just like ourselves. He realized the nature of confusion and made his journey back, undoing his samsaric world until finally he reached square one. The Buddha followed the path all the way to the final achievement of enlightenment.
From “Enlightened Genes” in The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. Volume Two: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion by Chögyam Trungpa, page 65