Choosing Happy.

I did something crazy yesterday.

I went to a little tattoo and body piercing parlor in New Hampshire, and I left with a tiny stud in the left side of my nose.

It was my junior year of high school when I decided I wanted one, when I met a older-than-me girl who had an exotic name and a nose ring. She was beautiful and funny and so much cooler than I ever would be, though. And I still lived with my parents, who would, I’m certain, kill me if I came home with a nose ring.

Plus, it wasn’t practical. What would I do when I had a cold?

So I gave up on the idea. And over the past 20+ years, whenever I’ve met someone who has one, a little voice inside me says, So pretty! And then I move on.

Until recently, it hadn’t actually occurred to me that a nose ring was something I actually could get for myself.

I don’t know which exercise it was in The Artist’s Way, but a few weeks ago I made a list which I am simply calling my list of “Things I’d Do If I Was Brave Enough.” Get a nose ring was at the top. I posted the list on my wall, and I’ve been looking at it daily for a little while.

And last week, it struck me.

Why didn’t I just go out and get one?

So I did. Yesterday.

It’s pretty and completely impractical and it makes my heart so damn happy.

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5 Responses to Choosing Happy.

  1. sharah says:

    So cute! I want a tattoo, but I haven’t figured out a design yet that I’d want to live with the rest of my life. I had a belly button piercing, but I took it out when I was pregnant and it grew back over.

  2. Deborah says:

    It’s so pretty! I like it. In high school, I thought nose rings were really risqué, really rebellious. But now they’re generally just subtle and pretty.

  3. noemi says:

    Yay! Good for you! This one makes me especially happy since I have a nose ring too. 😉 proud of you lady! You inspire me!

  4. Mel says:

    So pretty! I’m glad you followed your heart and just did it.

  5. Jan says:

    Love this! I had a similar experience with tattoos: took me about 20 years to pluck up the courage. Now I have three – and that’s enough.

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