Towards the end of 2017, I had been itching to get a new piercing so just before the New Year, I went ahead and got my septum pierced. In today’s blog post, I’m talking about why I decided on that piercing and why I took it out after only a few months.
If you’re not sure what a septum piercing is, it’s a piercing that goes through your nasal septum or as most people know it, the part between your nostrils. If you’ve ever seen anyone with a ring between their nose that looks like a bull ring, that’s exactly what it is. I have been fascinated by it for a few years now because it was so different.
Currently I have five piercings; two lobes, one upper lobe, one tragus and one nostril. I believe I got my two lobes pierced when I was around seven, I was sixteen when I got my nostril pierced and my upper lobe and my tragus are only new within the last couple of years. I don’t have any tattoos and I don’t think I could have any because I’m far too indecisive so piercings have been the lesser of two evils.
As I mentioned, I had been looking at the septum piercing for a while but I never thought of making the plunge until just after Christmas last year. I was going through one of those phases of life where I felt like something was missing; I didn’t know what it was I was missing but naively, I thought if I got another piercing, it might fill a void (Spoiler alert: it didn’t) In terms of pain, it’s definitely the worst piercing pain I have had, the others were so easy compared to that one, but that didn’t really surprise me because you’re going through a thicker part of the body.
I liked it then I didn’t. I loved it then I didn’t. I started to like it, I loved it and then I didn’t again. I spent four months falling in and out of love with it and started to become all I saw. Every time I looked in the mirror, it’s the first thing I looked at and I couldn’t help it. This will sound really vain but I think most people will know what I mean; I felt less pretty with it. I couldn’t focus on any of my other features because I was only ever looking at my nose. I told myself I would give myself four months to see if I wanted to keep it in, I didn’t think one month would be long enough. I stuck to that promise to myself and one night, I took it out and felt so much better the minute I did.
Surprisingly only one person pointed out that I had taken it out (Well done Aideen!) not even my boyfriend noticed. It wasn’t until the day after I asked him why did he not say anything and he said that he knew there was something different but he couldn’t figure out what. A few months after I had taken it out, I asked my friends in work why they didn’t comment on it and they only realised then that it was gone. I was so surprised that people had become so accustom to it and they looked past it but yet for me, it was the first thing I looked at.
I still miss it from time to time, it’s a really nice look and I love seeing it on other people, I’m just not sure if it’s for me right now (or ever). I’m really glad that I tried it though because I would have done it at some point anyway but because of where the piercing was positioned, the hole isn’t noticeable which makes it even better.
In terms for my next piercings, I want both ears to match so my left ear only has the one lobe piercing whereas my right ear has the lobe, the upper lobe and the tragus so I would like to match them at some point. I’m not sure I would go with any more face piercings but I still really love my nostril piercing ten years on.
Thank you for reading today’s post, it’s an experience I’m glad I had but I’m equally as glad that I was able to take it out and feel better about myself. As I said, I love them on other people, just not on me so if you have a septum piercing, please don’t think I’m saying you’re not pretty because that definitely not what I mean. It’s just not for me.