Upon reading this title, it may seem inconclusive…frivolous even.
However, this past Monday night, when I took out my nose ring, I was symbolically “ending an era”.
I had gotten my nose pierced on a whim in October 2016. I had just started college a few months before and wanted to try something out of my comfort zone.
I liked it!
So much so, that it stayed on my face for nearly 3 years.
Having had other experiences pushing me out of my comfort zone, I no longer feel the need to have it symbolized on my face.
Now, more than ever, I feel determined, and balanced, in working towards my goals.
I am less in a fight with my present circumstances.
Are they perfect? No.
But I have made peace with them.
I am learning to appreciate each and every part of my journey instead of wishing it away.
I feel more sure of what I want the next chapter of my life to look like.
I feel more sure of the woman I want to be, one that is strong but empathetic, confident but humble, hard-working but balanced, and persistent but patient.
While the nose ring may no longer have real estate on my face, the lessons I learned while it did will stay with me forever.