Have you ever really wanted to do something but didn’t quite get to it? Visit a new city, cut your hair, or maybe learn a new language? Perhaps the “it,” whatever it is collecting dust on your bucket or dream list? I’m there right with you.
There is at least one item I am excited to note that is no longer on my bucket list! Haha!
I have wanted to do this since I was 17 years old. I had the heart to do it at 17, but my employer and most property’s in the gaming/hospitality industry forbade employees from wearing one.
The casino industry was very strict; the industry closely monitored and controlled employee’s appearance. I learned early to comply and respect the industry’s standards or expect termination.
In 2002 I changed careers. But for a while I forgot that I wanted to do this…
Probably for about a year now, the urge has repeatedly resurfaced. So this year on my 40 something birthday, I decided to do it.
My first two questions for the technician were, “”How are you going to do it?” and “Is it going to hurt?”
“I use a needle.” “Oh boy!!” screams my cousin Curtis. He is a 40+ year-old man who is not afraid to admit his fears.
Okay so I birthed a child naturally without medication, and I realize the absurdity of fear of a two to three-second pinch. Lol!
I sat through the process using the breathing techniques that I learned over 20 years ago in a birthing class. Was it painful? Not really. A pinch that lasted less than five seconds. Was the nose ring worth the time and the pinch? Absolutely! I love it! Of course the day after the piercing, my allergies badly flared up and I had to figure out how to blow my nose with a fresh piercing. Ha-ha!
There are people, like my mother, who will say, “You’re too old for that!” That’s their hang up not mine.
I will stay on the path of being true to myself, while enjoying as much of each day as humanly possible. The joy and laughter infuse my life with a sense of peace for which I am grateful.