It's kind of a funny story how I got my ears pierced.
When I was a kid, I was told I couldn't get them pierced until I was eighteen.
When I was in middle school, I was told I had to wait until I turned sixteen.
At seventeen years old I had pretty much forgotten about it, but I was at the mall for an eye doctor's appointment and they had dilated my eyes so I had time to waste and I figured, Hey, what else is there to do right now?
So we went to Claire's and I got my ears pierced. And my mother told me I could have gotten them pierced when I was thirteen (facepalm).
My ears have been pierced for about ten years now, and I gotta tell you, even after all that whining about wanting them pierced, I rarely change my earrings. In fact, I've never really worn different earrings. Every season of my life I've always had a go-to pair. And the reason why is because I figured out early on (when I had to puncture my ear with my earring because my hole started closing) that if I don't wear my earrings for THREE DAYS my holes will close up.
Beauty is pain ladies.
So, Where Is This Going?
So now I'm 27 (July birthdays, yay!!) and I've been cleaning out our house and purging it of all of the things we don't use. I'm kind of doing a KonMari sort of thing so I'm touching everything and asking myself whether we need/want/use it. And I came across two pairs of earrings.
Now here's the deal y'all, I have a lot of issues with my ear piercings. Besides the fact that they'll close up if I go three days without earrings, I can't wear cheap metal, I get painful calcium deposits right next to my piercings, and sometimes, for no apparent reason, wearing earrings just hurts.
Ladies and Gentleman, this is the season of letting go.
COVID. It's COVID season.
And we're all starting to reflect on what we need and what we don't, what we want to focus on and what doesn't deserve our energy.
I decided my ears don't deserve so much energy. It's better for them if I don't wear earrings, clearly. And I think it's just time for me to move on. I got rid of the earrings and I'm now living a piercing free life. It's taken about two months for my ears to get to the point where you can't really tell they were ever pierced. And now I need to inform every family member and friend I know that I won't be needing earrings at Christmas.
Time to Let Go
So the big question I have for you is...
What do You need to let go of?
What is eating up your time and energy? What is keeping you from becoming the person you want to be?
Obviously letting my piercings close is a minor adjustment, but it's still something I had to give up. It's those little things that keep us distracted and eat up small pockets of time and energy that could be given to the bigger things.
The thing is the physical stuff in our space and the mental stuff in our brain take up room in our lives whether we use them or not. That's why cleaning methods like the KonMari method are so effective: you aren't just getting rid of things you don't use, you're getting rid of prior commitments you no longer want to fulfill.
You're saying goodbye to reading that book your friend recommended five years ago. You're accepting you won't lose enough weight to fit into your high school jeans but you can still work towards smaller ones (and if you pitch those jeans and find you do lose that much weight - shopping trip! The promise of shopping can be a great motivator, and the existence of those jeans in your closet is going to depress you every time you go to get dressed).
You're letting the old scales fall off and you're turning into something beautiful. Something new. Something more You.
So what have you been holding onto that you need to let go of? Maybe it's not a physical item; maybe it's a relationship. A dream. A hobby you never really started.
On the other hand, purging your mind and home might awaken new desires to complete those projects, enjoy those hobbies, and reach for those dreams. If that is the case, I might be able to help! Life Coaching is all about understanding your desires and reaching for them. And if you're interested in a Christian perspective, I'm your girl! You can click here to learn more.
So what are you giving up this COVID season? Share in the comments below!