A tiny piece of metal
I had my nose pierced recently. It was the first piercing I’ve had (excluding those on my earlobes), and I was a bit nervous beforehand.
But oh! What a feeling! In some inexplicable way, the tiny stud going through my skin above the left nostril made me feel more connected to my body than ever before. It was like an axle around which my (previously a little wobbly) self could start spinning. Something undeniably stable and safe.