Mid-life What?

Let’s say there was a woman, and for ease of discussion, let’s give her a name.  We’ll call her Belle, shall we?  And just for fun, let’s say that Belle is the mother of a young child.  Let’s note that the child is in elementary school, and we’ll just leave it at that.  Now, let’s say this Belle woman was going to be turning 40 this year.

Oh.My.God.Did.You.Say.FORTY?! Why yes, yes I did. 

Anyway, let’s say that maybe, totally hypothetically of course, this woman Belle was in a bit of a crisis.  Maybe she’s only going to live to be eighty, and so, nearing the age of forty, she might be experiencing what some people would call a mid-life crisis.  Now it’s possible that she’s just bored, but just in case, let’s stick with the original story and agree she’s experiencing some sort of mid-life crisis.

Some people, or so I’ve heard, get through a mid-life crisis by buying themselves a shiny little sports car, or by having an affair, or buying themselves a Harley and taking a long road trip.  Belle would like a red Porsche if she could have one.  But she can’t.  They cost a lot more money than she could ever afford to spend on a mid-life crisis.  She’s not about to have an affair, either. Unless Steven Segal comes knocking at her door and then, well, all bets are off.  Go ahead, “ewwwww” all you want but this is not YOUR crisis, it’s Belle’s. Besides, she probably wouldn’t actually do anything with Steven, because she’d likely faint if the man really did show up on her doorstep and she imagines that might turn him off.  And since Belle hasn’t been on a real bicycle in ages, a motorcycle is out of the question.  Especially when you consider helmet head.  Belle doesn’t even wear hats in the winter.

Instead, — and again, I remind you this is totally hypothetical, — let’s say Belle, a woman who will turn 40 years old later this year and the mother of a young child, is thinking about getting her nose pierced.  She thinks a teeny tiny diamond stud would look pretty.  But she’s not sure. 

So she’s spent hours browsing the web, watching videos of teenagers getting their noses pierced.  She notes that she hasn’t seen one video of a forty year old woman getting her nose pierced.  There must be one somewhere, right?  But it’s not on You Tube.  She’s read all sorts of articles on the reasons not to do it: possible infection, scarring, getting fired from one’s job.  She’s heard her young child proclaim “Bulls get their noses pierced!” And yet despite all that, somewhere in the back of her mind is this thought: hmmmm…. I wonder…. I think I might.  No I can’t.  Maybe… For my 40th birthday!  No, definitely not.  Then again… Maybe…

So now, let’s pretend this is a real situation (which it’s, um, not) and you tell me, has Belle lost her mind? 

Oh, and for family members who are reading this, back away from the telephone.  No need to panic.  This is a totally hypothetical situation.  Although you are free to comment below of course.



Filed under life, mid-life crisis, nose piercing

10 responses to “Mid-life What?

  1. dena10

    Go for it. What do you have to lose?

  2. I can understand that desire perfectly and have had the same one. It is as if you want to make some statement about your still present youth.

    If the desire is strong, you should do it. Nothing is lost by it, I think. People may react to it negatively, but it is your nose.

    A little elegant stud would look good and youthful. Let us know what you decide to do. I am 53 now and would not do it at this age, so it is now or never, I think.

  3. Sheri Lynn

    They are really cute~ Its not like a tattoo, you could always take it out if you get tired of it.

  4. Belle should definitely take the plunge and get her nose done. A nice, tasteful tiny diamond stud is attractive, in my opinion.

    Besides, if Belle hates it, she can always take it out and let the hole heal. No harm done.

  5. Dooooo ittttt!

    1) I know several 40ish year old women with their noses pierced, with the teeny little nose ring that in a way is nearly “classy” than anything else!

    2) If you don’t like it? Just remove it. You’ll have a teeny tiny scar the size of a pore.

    I’m planning on doing it myself, I just haven’t had the opportunity yet.

  6. MommyTime

    Actually, I know Belle’s friend, Izzy, who did exactly that when she turned 40. It’s a little glittery diamond stud and looks superb. So you should do it too. And, no, I’m not Izzy.

  7. Papa Lolo

    I am way past forty, but sometimes I have this crazy idea that maybe I should get one of my ears pierce and wear an earing. I have asked my granddaughters if I should wear one, but they never gave me a definite yes or no. So I guess earing is out of the question. Maybe I’ll ask my grandson what he thinks when he gets older. Oh!well, I guess I have to settle for maybe a tattoo as I have not gotten one while I was in the service.

    Go for it Belle!!!!

  8. Go for it , be….. Er, I think that the hypothetical Belle should go for it… if that’s what she wants… hypothetically speaking.

    Maybe she should consider a tasteful tattoo as well, because, well, nice tattoos on nice ladies are mega hot.

  9. Hmmm. I think do it. Like everyone says, if you don’t like it you can take it out. Where’s the harm?

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