Today was the day I decided to remove my tongue piercing. I had it over 12 years – and LOVED IT until recently. The last few months I have been considering removing it for a number of reasons, one of the main reasons was I just plainly did not care to have a metal bar through my tongue. I was doing some random research and learned that Acrylic may not be the best material to have in one’s mouth as it can release toxins when it inevitably gets warm. I went back to metal balls promising myself I’d buy a gold one (as I also learned gold is softer then your teeth). At the end of the day wether it was plastic, metal, or gold I just could not stand the feeling of something in my mouth, always clinging and clanging around. Having had it for over a decade I felt as thought it had run its course and I have gotten as much use out of it as I possibly can (NO PUN intended lol). I honestly thought I would never remove it and I am surprised I have actually decided to take it out.
I also took out my lip piercing(aka madonna/monroe) a few months back, again, loved it – could not stand it rubbing against my teeth (after 5 years). The first few years it never bothered me, I couldn’t feel it, I thought it was cute. I don’t know how or why but suddenly it seemed to drive me nuts, I could feel it, it was bothering me, and (on my face) its just not that cute.
Oh and I almost forgot that I removed my top navel piercing. I had that one since I was 17, its been overplayed, over trendy, overdone and I missed seeing my bellybutton. I have the bottom of my navel pierced, I kept that one because its different, not as popular as the top and I still like it.
My tongue and bellybutton piercings were things I wanted at 16 & 17 years old (my lip was a random mid-20’s purchase). I don’t like all the same things that I did back then, multiple piercings being one of them. I still love piercings and the people that rock them but for me it was time to retire a few.
I can also only assume that this is a part of my mental health transition. As I proceed in therapy and am working on getting better I am finding some things I never thought would change are changing. I feel good about removing 3 separate piercings – NEVER THOUGHT THAT WOULD HAPPEN. I don’t have the desire to dye my hair every other week (it happened at a point. Every. Other. Week.). I just want to grow in my natural hair, as grey as it may have gotten (thank you stress of 2013). I am not so addicted to YouTube and don’t have the desire to create, edit, and upload my own videos anymore (or at this time). That’s just weird. NEVER WOULD HAVE GUESSED. Plus I have realized the reality that YouTube is flooded with new channels and people everyday and I just don’t know that I have what it takes to set myself apart nor do I desire to put the work into doing regular videos (it’s A LOT of work, more then you would think). I wish I could be a Youtuber, I applaud those who have made it and those who can survive off their earnings, I do, but I just don’t see how I’d ever get to that point.
I am not sure where I am going or where I will end up but I am hopeful. Terrified, but hopeful. I don’t know what I want to do or even what I like to do but I am interested to see what I find. I am realizing I am not the person I used to be (which is a good thing). That girl was very lost, depressed, confused, and felt very unloved. This girl is finding herself, treating my depression, finding my way out of the confusion, and is very loved.
PLEASE NOTE I wrote this to remember when and why I removed my piercings. I am not saying that you should remove or keep yours or that those that get piercings do it because they are sad or depressed. Getting and removing tattoos and piercings is a personal decision no matter who you are. To each their own 🙂