Tuesday, December 18, 2012

life (layhf) | piercings

Over 10 years ago a boy broke my heart and because I needed to bounce back quickly, I made a change. Not a permanent one but one that made me feel empowered after feeling such defeat. That was the day I got my nose pierced. Being the rebellious teen, it followed me into my early 20s and the decision to get my nose pierced was an easy one. I was young and carefree...I knew that someday I would reach a point where I was too old to do it so I said "F it!" Little did I know, this small little piece of jewelry would become a large part of who I am.

My nose ring has been a signature trait of mine and it was that small something that showed a bit of my personality. Even when I decided to start a career in the corporate world, I didn't let this small piece of non-traditional jewelry stop me.  And surprisingly, all my employers weren't turned off by it either.  So long as I didn't wear it to important meetings or anywhere that I had to look my best, there was no issue with me having it in everyday.  Throughout these many years, this small piece of jewelry truly became a part of me.  But now as I approach my 32nd birthday, I ask myself, "Am I too old?"  When I was 16 years old, I saw a young mom (maybe early 30s at the time) who had a nose ring and I remember thinking, "If I get a nose ring, I don't want to be that age and still have it!"  So now that I'm at that age (if not older) and I have a child of my own I struggle with the thought of getting rid of my trusty "friend".  Soon I know I'll have to retire my nose ring, but for now I'll enjoy my last few days wearing it while I can.

|Do you have any piercings that have become a signature trait for you?  What do you think is an appropriate age to retire piercings?|


Piper Alexander said...

I think as long as you are staying true to yourself, there is no age limit for piercings.

I used to have my tongue pierced, but when it was sore everyday, I decided to take it out and keep it out.

Otherwise, I have several ear piercings that I don't think I will ever take out.

EvaNadine said...

i also have a small nose stud and asked myself all the same questions as you. im about to turn 34 and have no kids, but im still not sure when "that day" will come. it hasnt held me back personally or professionally. i figure there will just come a day when it doesnt feel like "me" anymore.
if that day ever arrives, out it comes. but until then, there it is!

Chelsea said...

Awww don't retire it! Okay I take it back... do whatever feels best for you :) I'm projecting because I love mine so much, and have had it nearly as long; I think I'd feel naked without it! For what it's worth, I think it's adorable and you'll never be "too old" for it.

Alyssa said...

I remember when I first came across your blog I was like "wow she's so cool!" because of your nose piercing. It really felt like it was you. If that makes sense lol.

caffeinerd said...

As of now I plan to keep my nose piercing forever. Like, 90-year-old grandma style. I already don't wear it very often (I choose to never wear it to work or when mentoring, etc), but---as it stays open even if I don't wear it for weeks---I'm thinking I'll keep it. Suspect I could always use some fun flair in my life. And I got it while studying in Barcelona at 18, so...that's cool. I love yours!

HollyElise (TropigothMama) said...

My reply to this would be too long - so I wrote my own post :)

Thanks for the thoughts, IMO you're never to old to wear piercings :)