In my opinion, there is a time for certain things. For example, when I was a junior in high school (much to my mother’s dismay) I returned a beautiful purple strapless dress in favor of a hot pink backless two-piece dress with silk flowers sewn on it. But my point was… when else could I EVER wear that dress except when I was 16? Surprisingly enough… just a few months ago I was looking at some old photos with my mom and she commented that I was right, the dress was perfect for that dance and she was glad that I’d worn it. (Yay for me… not too often that my mom admits I was right about something).
The next summer I dyed my hair pink (and for a few summers after that right up until I started law school actually), and I’m glad I did. but I’m over it.
When I was 18 I got my nose pierced. But we’ll get back to that.
Before all of those things though, I got my belly-button pierced. I was 16 and one day my best friend and I decided we needed to get it done. My mom took us and signed for us, and it was done! I was pretty thin then, but I still didn’t make a habit of showing off my stomach. I kept saying I’d really love it once I was bikini-ready.
Well ummm I never got bikini ready. I’ve now had it pierced all this time and I have never been able to really show it off. I’ve thought about taking it out but I kept thinking that some day when I’m thin I’ll want to have it. Well ya know what? I’m 24 and I’m over having my belly button pierced. Even if I could wear a bikini tomorrow, I don’t really know that my belly button needs to be bedazzled. It hasn’t seen the sun in years and maybe it could use a little unobstructed sun. Not that it will get sun tomorrow. Or the day after. Maybe next summer. So, this morning I took it out. Which was weird… just giving it up like that. But I’m glad I did.
Then there is the nose piercing. I’ve had it done since I was 18 and I love it. I had to take it out for work for about 6 months and I loved having it done so much that I got it pierced again. And may I just say, OW. I just assumed that at some point I’d get a real job and have to take it out, but it turns out my boss doesn’t care! I take it out for court or when I’m meeting with certain clients, but other than that it stays in. But I’m starting to feel a little too old for it maybe? I know 24 isn’t exactly on the verge of being a geriatric, but there is a time for things ya know? And despite the fact that I love the look of it, I feel like the time for it may have been college and law school and now that I”m supposedly “professional” I should lose it.
Who knows. Maybe some day I’ll take it out for court and just forget to put it back in.