I got my nose pierced 11 years ago. I lived in Australia at the time, and a lot of my friends and the people I worked with had their noses pierced. It was more common than among my friends here in the States. So I got it done too. I just liked the way it looked.
Two days ago my nose got infected. Gross, right? Right. This happened when I first got it pierced, but I put some tea tree oil on in and it cleared up. I haven’t had a problem with it sense. And now- 11 years later- narsty little infected nose.
Here’s my dilemma: I haven’t known when it was time to call it quits on the old nose piercing. It has not felt so easy as to just take it out, because I have a hole in my nose. And a purpley scar, back from when I first got it pierced and it was infected. So I’ve just defaulted to keeping it in, all these years.
Honestly, when I got it pierced back at the young age of 23, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t worried about the scarring. I’m pretty sure that I thought that one day I could just have the scar, like, lasered away or something. I’m pretty sure that at 23, I thought I’d be making so much money by 30 that I could just shell out a thousand bucks to get this little problem solved. (Or whatever laser’ing costs). Well. Here I am, a few weeks away from 34, and I don’t have a spare thousand buck burning a hole in my pocket.
Maybe this is the universe’s way of saying “quit with the nose thing, already! You’re too old for that crap!”. I’m not sure. So I don’t know if I’ll persevere, or just bail and deal with the purple-scar-that-is-no-longer-covered-by-the-nose-stud.
Important stuff, people.
What life-changing decisions are you making on this fine Friday?