When I was 7, my mom took me to the doctor to get my first pair of piercings. As soon as the doctor took out the gun, I bawled like a baby. I was begging Mama to make the doctor stop.
When I got to high school, I surprised myself by deciding I wanted to add another piercing on my left ear. But that was the time my Papa got mad at my younger brother when he found out he got his ear pierced. In other words, fear stopped me from getting another one.
Fast forward to the year 2016. I’m already 32 and married. I passed by Claire’s along Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich and saw the free piercing sign. I thought to myself, maybe it’s the universe’s way of telling me, it’s okay, go ahead, do what you’ve always wanted to do. You are old enough to decide for yourself.
And so I asked my husband what he thought of it and he said he wouldn’t mind even if I get 10 more piercings on both ears.
And so last March, before going on a vacation, I got my 2nd piercing on my left ear.
What I noticed though is that when my earring on the first piercing is big, the earring on the second one seems like it is attached to the first earring. That’s when I thought maybe a third one is necessary.
And so I went to Manor with my friend B to get a third piercing on my left ear.
I thought I would already stop at 3 but it felt like something is out of balance. B already has 4 on her right ear and 1 on her left. She told me she wants to get another one on her helix so just yesterday, I accompanied her to Giahi, a famous shop here in Zurich.
As soon as she got one, I decided that it’s time to get my cartilage pierced! I followed suit. And so now I have a total of 4 piercings on my left ear! Even I cannot believe it!
2016 is definitely the year of multiple piercings. I don’t drink much alcohol. I don’t smoke. I’ve never done drugs. I don’t have a tattoo. But I all of a sudden have a total of 5 piercings now. 😅 It’s really not much of a show of rebellion as I’ve always played within the rules. It’s just something that I think is beautiful and I love the idea of being able to wear more than 2 pretty earrings once all of my “wounds” are healed.
It’s funny how some people (and I have been guilty of this) stereotype persons with multiple piercings or tattoos like they become less of a person because of how they look. I just got 3 more piercings than average but I am still the same responsible and hardworking person that I used to be before the piercings. I really think I have come to a point in my life when I already couldn’t care less of what other people think or say about me. I now know that life is short and we just have to find our bliss and express ourselves the best way we want to and know how. As long as we are not hurting other people, I don’t know why we shouldn’t dare do the things that make us happy. Here’s to staying true to one’s self!