Last month, I read If I Knew Then What I Know Now by Ruby Hillsman. Throughout her life, as the author listened to people tell their stories, she determined to learn as much as possible from each of them. Each time the author relates a short story from her own life, she highlights the lessons that she learned. Her purpose is to help others discover life’s little lessons through the eyes of someone else, so they won’t have to learn the hard way.
This book mostly comes across as an autobiography. However, she was extremely perceptive in her interactions with other people, and she offers many insights to her readers. Her book touches on things like health, money, and happiness.
She also talked about making changes if you are unhappy with your lifestyle. Complaining about it and wishing it were different won’t bring about the changes you need. “To change one’s circumstances requires a person to do much more. A person has to do it himself.” – page 59
I learned several things while reading this book, not the least important of which was this: you can use every single experience, whether positive or negative, to learn and grow as a person. You just have to look at them as little lessons instead of inconveniences.
Note: In exchange for an honest review, the publisher provided a complimentary copy of this book through BookSneeze®.