Ever since I was a young girl, I felt a grand need to always wear earrings. My mother pierced my ears at an early age and I never looked back. As a teenager I bought one pair after another. I had a pair of earrings for every outfit. Earrings, in essence, became an extended part of my body. Although, unlike others, I have never worn my earrings in the shower. But have done so at the gym and pool. It got to the point where I felt naked if I went outside without wearing any earrings. If I went out and felt my earrings were missing I would have to quickly return to put them on. I just don’t do it. Or at least I never tended to.
Surprisingly to me, the last month or so I have actually been inconsistent regarding my earring usage. There have been days recently where I sat in the car realizing that I hadn’t put on my earrings and I was ok with it. I didn’t freak out trying to go back and find a pair of earrings to quickly put on. This new non-action of mine somewhat reminds me of Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys. Specifically, she announced a few years ago that she was going to stop wearing makeup. It came as a surprise to many and she was both lauded and criticized. Alicia Keys wrote an explanation in which she noted:
“I hope to God it’s a revolution. ‘Cause I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth.”
I still love earrings. A lot. And will wear them as often as I remember to. However, I am not now stressing out over a lack of earrings. I didn’t even plan for this to happen. It just sprung up on me. I don’t know how. I am not too sure why my earring philosophy has changed so dramatically. I am a lot more easy going these days. It is the year of the dog in the Chinese calendar and for the rat notably I am too busy having a great time and making my goals come true. I am apparently very driven. It would make sense then that my earrings would have gone on a bit of a hiatus. I am ok with that explanation and with sometimes leaving my earrings on the dresser.
Of course, if I am at a gala event, I will probably make sure to wear earrings. I am ok with going out naked now (without earrings all the time) but I can’t be buck naked.