Reflections Of Me by Michael G. Riggins tells the real life occurrences that characterized his life from childhood until adulthood. Reflections Of Me begins with Michael's experience coming out as a young homosexual male. Afterwards he takes the time to give his personal tips on coming out:
*Start with close friends!
*Come right out with it!
*Allow people time to process!
*Understand the impact!
As he progresses, Michael expresses his personal accounts as a child such as his relationship with this father, childhood fantasies, attempted suicide, insecurities and other stories to help teach and motivate those who need encouragement. For example, in the Chapter, "Believe in Yourself,"Michael explains how important it is to love and have faith in yourself. And when one does believe, he or she will be stronger, more optimistic, and will always be "Special in [ones] way of life."
Although Reflections Of Me has parts that would suggest he is a strong and unbroken person, there are points in the book that would make one feel sadness and pity as Michael explains his young adulthood years. In a world where risky sex, hardcore parties, and 'frenemies' are common in the gay community, Michael experienced and recollected some of the most emotional years in his life as he went through his first sexual experience at a very young age through "Gay Hollywood 2003", and rocky relationships with his boyfriends and ending with a letter writing in his adult years to his young self, Etc...
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