As a writer, you could say that I am somewhat obsessed with stories. I love to write them and I love to read them. In some way or another, my mind is always racing with the next idea or looking for inspiration to strike from somewhere unexpected.
One of my favourite stories is the stories our bodies tell. Think about it – every scar has an anecdote behind it. Every wrinkle is a sign of a memory been and gone.
Thinking of my own body, some of my favourite stories are the ones behind my piercings.
My favourite piercing is my second lobe piercing on my right ear. My lobe is only pierced once on my left hand side so the uneven look was a purposeful choice of mine. Growing up, I was a huge fan of The Babysitters Club and the character Claudia always rocked uneven piercings. Since then, quirky lobes have been something I have admired!
I got my second lobe piercing done when I graduated university. I was away for the weekend in Manchester celebrating the achievement with my then boyfriend. I had just found out that I had been awarded a first in English Literature and that I had a place on a teaching course.
Everything felt positive. My future, whilst very much unknown to me, seemed so exciting. It was like one big adventure laid out before me and I couldn’t wait to see what was coming next. I was nervous too, but the excitement of my hard work paying off was just overwhelming.
I wanted to mark the moment. I wanted to do something that would allow me to look back and remember that time and how alive with possibility I felt.
So I got a piercing.
I always, always wear my three star earring in that hole. Originally part of a set of two given as a gift from my parents, I unfortunately lost the other one, but to me the three star earring suits that hole and the story behind it. It looks like a shooting star, a wishing star. When I got my piercing I felt like life was just beginning for me and that maybe all my dreams could come true, so to have a piercing that looks like a shooting star in there seems right.
Plus, with being on the other side of the world from my family right now, the earring adds an extra little reminder of home!
So that’s the little story behind my favourite piercing. We all have our own stories to tell. We all have traces of them on our bodies. Scars, stretch marks, wrinkles… our body is filled with the memories of our life.
Personally, I find that such a beautiful thing.
What stories does your body tell?
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