This is something I should have gotten out of my system during my late teens/early twenties/first major drifting period, but I had too many preppy, conventional influences buzzing in my ear at each of those stages. After a member of my circle spontaneously got an eyebrow ring when we were in college, she called her dad to give him a partial update. He flipped out.
The Proud and the Pierced: “It’s not like I have any interviews coming up.”
Her dad: “Every day you go to class, it’s an interview!!”
My own parents’ reaction would have been scarier. It’s unsettling to think about, even in hypothetical retrospect.
I have a lot riding on the next 7 to 12 months, and there’s already enough that screams “non-conformist/potential troublemaker” within 10 minutes of an in-person conversation with me. A face piercing would take the ticket overboard.
A prep I hadn’t seen since college sported a stunning, glinting stud in her nose at a party a few years ago – that wasn’t there when we still fell into the traditional coming-of-age bracket. And she works in an industry that’s more conservative than mine.