When I was around 16 or 17 I got my ear pierced. That was nearly 25 years ago. I was at the mall with a female friend who wanted only one piercing, but the cost of getting two was the same price. So I went for it. About a year later I did the same thing with a different female friend. I now had two piercings in one ear lobe. For many years I wore small loops in them. I liked having a pierced ear with two holes. It meant I could buy a pair of earrings and use them both.
At age 19 I got my tongue pierced. I had it for almost two years, then took it out. I realized that I missed the piercing, so at age 24, I had my tongue re-pierced. That hurt badly. When it was redone, they pushed the needle back through the scar tissue on my tongue. The swelling was incredible. My mouth was full of blood. I vowed to never go through that again. Since then, I rarely take out that piercing. I’ll be a grandpa with it in. I still use the original stud and have never replaced it.
About 15 years ago, my wife bought me a pair of diamond earrings as a gift. Originally, I only wore them on date nights with her. But after a few years I decided that I prefer them over the simple hoop style I once had. I really like my diamond earrings. They have come to define who I am.
For years my father hated that I had pierced my ear. When he found out I had done my tongue, he told me I’d never get a real job. Eventually, he was wrong. I did have a hard time finding a job, but that was from lack of education and experience. I am impressed nowadays that society has accepted piercings and tattoos as normal in the workforce. It makes it easier to be oneself without always conforming to someone else’s expectations. It was one of the many reasons I hated working at Chuck E Cheese’s as a manager. I had to enforce a dress code on teens that I couldn’t agree with. Especially since I never took out my tongue ring. Many of my staff didn’t even know I had it.
I don’t tend to accessorize lavishly. So the diamond earrings are a one off. I don’t even own a watch worth more than $20. But, if I find a diamond tongue stud, I may have to buy it. Just because.