I got my eyebrow pierced. I know, I’m 35. Going on 36 this summer. What’s the point of piercing my eyebrow? Isn’t that a childish things to do? I don’t think so.
Well there’s more to it for me. I got my bellybutton pierced in college.
I was encouraged by my family to not allow my differences to be visible. I was teased in junior high for being normal – perhaps that was my cue to let it all hang out. I thought I did. But apparently it wasn’t enough.
I have a tattoo. It looks like this.
I’m planning on getting more. Tattoos. I’m ok with my body being a living canvas. I don’t need it in other people’s faces, but at the same time I’m realizing I’ve kept these things hidden so that they aren’t visible to others. And in effect they are hidden. But like so many things having piercings is not unique; there are many people who have them. There are cultures around the world where this is a norm as well. But it is not a norm for everyone. You see in order to embrace our sameness we don’t all have to go out and get holes poked in our bodies. It just is nice to make sure it is right for you if you are going to do it.
I mean, really, those with piercings pay for the pleasure of being poked with a needle, and then have to be fastidious about the way we handle that part of our body for an extended period of time – potentially up to 6 months. Think about that the next time you think someone with a piercing or tattoo is dirty.
But it is more than what I do to my body. This common uniqueness is visible in people whose names are spelled differently than the norm, who choose to dress in a style that in not mainstream. But back to my point. Everything is mainstream. Music, like other art forms are created from the styles, concepts and ideals that came before. They are flexible in their interpretation and often multiple genres exist at the same time. Next time you look at a piece of Impressionist art try thinking about how messy it is and you might find yourself resisting.
Imperfection can be beautiful. Most art forms and styles were odd, and even completely different than what came before them. It takes looking at something with an open mind, one willing to see that everything as potential, in oder to look for the beauty outside the norm. Which brings me back to my point: being different is normal. How is it possible to have a commonness of unique?
The human desire to be the same is tied to our universal consciousness. But Mother Nature never intended that we would all look the same and act the same. This runs directly opposed to the need for uniqueness and diversity required to maintain a complex system. We need to celebrate that which makes us difference and give in to the biological yearning for sameness by remembering and connecting to the universal consciousness and being our true selves in all their different glory.