I Got My Conch Pierces So You Didn't Have To

I Got My Conch Pierces So You Didn't Have To

Because, beauty is pain.
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Before I begin to inform you all about conch piercings and ear cartilage piercings in general. I would like to add a little disclaimer. Piercings do not automatically define a person. There, it's been said. So, do not try and label me as something I am not.

Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let's talk about piercings. Here is a diagram of types of ear piercings that if you are autonomically correct can receive.

If you are looking to getting a piercing make sure you do a lot of research on the shop and the piercer. If you get to the shop and believe it is not clean enough then, go ahead and walk right on out. Piercings alone are not something to mess with. If you are thinking about getting your cartilage, don't go get it done at icings or Claire's. It is very unhealthy for your ear and potentially can do serious damage. So, my conch piercing was my experience and please do not think this is how yours will go if you're thinking about getting it.

As a person who hates needles, it amazes me I do have piercings and a tattoo. When I go to the doctors, I use every excuse one can think of to get out of getting a shot or my blood drawn. When I got surgery on my ankle, I nearly passed out just getting the IV. When it came time for them to stab me with a needle the length of a baby's arm, well lets just say all the hours in the weight room did not pay off. Despite this huge fear of needles, I decide to get holes poked through my ear with nothing other than my favorite thing, A NEEDLE.

When I walked back to the piercing room, I laid on a table similar to one in a doctors office. I just concentrated on my breathing and not on the fact this guy was about to shove a hollow needle through the thickest part of my ear. My piercer understood my fear and kept the needle hidden from me at all times and for that he was the 'real MVP.' When it was time, my piercer had me take a deep breath in and when I began to breathe out. It happened. He had put the needle completely through the thickest part of my ear. To my surprise, it did not hurt either. I don't know if it was cause I know what to expect with cartilage piercings or if I was just on top of my pain threshold game that day.

Ultimately, if you are thinking about getting a piercing do not be scared of it. Just walk into the clean tattoo shop with confidence knowing that it probably will hurt but only for a second and just do it. You can express yourself with your piercings and they can be quite beautiful. Do not worry about what others will say because if it will make you happy then you should do it regardless of that little but very scary needle.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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'Sissy, Why is That Boy Wearing Makeup?'

June is time to celebrate equality.

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This past weekend, I went to the mall with my family. It was just a normal family excursion, and I wanted to walk into Sephora to show my mom a perfume I liked. We go inside, and my mother and I drift away from my dad and 6 year old sister, Sierra. I showed her the perfume I thought smelled amazing (Roses de Chloé) and we look for my sister and father to exit the store. As soon as we leave, my little sister grabs my hand and asks, "Sissy, why is that boy wearing makeup?"

This was the first time my little sister has ever asked about anything like this, and I wanted to make sure I gave her an answer. I turned to her and said, "Sierra, sometimes there are boys who wear makeup, and girls who may dress like boys. People are allowed to wear what they want, it doesn't matter." Sierra looks up at me, says, "Oh okay," and that was the end of it.

Sharing this experience to say, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

So thankful to live in a country where all sexual orientations get a day to celebrate their love. That's what this world needs more of-- love. It shouldn't matter who it is, where they are from, the color on their skin, or their gender identity.

When Sierra was born, I always wondered when this conversation would come up. I wondered what I would say, how she would react to it, and how she would be exposed to it. Like I consistently preach, everything happens for a reason, and I'm glad Sierra was able to get exposure and receive an immediate answer. Love is love, and I will forever stand by that.

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