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Farewell Septum Ring!


About this time last year, I decided to get my septum pierced! I'd been thinking about doing it for a while, and I'd had my septum pierced before, a couple of years earlier, but an unfortunate bout of tonsillitis plagued me not long after... One particularly violent sneeze sent the new jewellery in my piercing hurling out into a tissue and I was too snotty to pop it back in!

But I'd missed having that little piece of metal dangling from my nose, and felt pretty happy with myself when I had it re-pierced just before leaving in the van. The first couple of months of van living required a strict routine that involved boiling up a kettle twice a day, in order to clean my nose piercing with salt water. Although it was a bit of a nuisance, I adjusted to cleaning it and, very quickly, the delicate piece of steel became just another part of my face.

When prompted, Ross gave a nod of approval and I was pretty happy with my piercing, but there were a fair few (all older) people who voiced their dislike of my new jewellery. I won't name names, but it was the first time I fully comprehended how much people judge you for having "the wrong type" of piercing. Even when walking the dogs, people seemed more wary to chat to me once I had my septum pierced.

Working at Claire's Accessories for a year (while I was at university) made me into a trained ear piercer and I have carried out at least one hundred piercings. Ear piercings are so normalised in our society now, especially in women, that it's even common-place to pierce children's ears. In the UK, it is legal to pierce a baby's earlobes from four months old. FOUR MONTHS OLD. So once they'd had their baby vaccinations, it's okay to poke holes into your 4 month old. But isn't it interesting how any other piercing is still seen as "alternative" or "taboo", even though the choice is made as an adult?

There is still a prejudice surrounding people who have piercings. I don't really understand it myself and think that piercings are just another beautiful way of expressing yourself, but I'm aware that other people do not feel the same. Whilst travelling, my piercing wasn't a problem - it didn't hurt or itch, it was clean, I liked how it looked and it didn't affect anything in my life. But since job hunting, I've had to start thinking about whether it would make the difference between a rejection or a job offer...

Should I have to think about it? No. But did I have to think about it? Yes. I had a big old ponder and I decided that, despite appreciating that I shouldn't be judged on my appearance or by a tiny bit of jewellery on my face, I might be and I wasn't so in love with my piercing that I was willing to sacrifice job opportunities for it.

When I actually took my septum ring out for my first job interview, I expected it to feel like a bigger thing. I didn't feel sad or angry at myself and I haven't missed it. If I'm being honest, I think I'd started to get bored and it was time for a change. I'm happy with my decision: this is my face post-metal and I'm still content with my looks. Would you have done the same or would you have kept the ring in?

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