I whole heartedly agree. Being able to be open about your naturist life is every bit as liberating as discovering and embracing naturism in the first place. However, it’s not necessarily easy. Most naturists have friends or family who know, and those who don’t. It depends on you, them, and your relationship to determine who falls into what category. For some, it’s simple — you just know they won’t mind, will be accepting, might even be intrigued. But others, by word or deed, you just know it wouldn’t go well.
But unfortunately, too many would-be naturists so fear rejection, that they rarely, if ever, broach the subject, with anyone. While that’s ok and a personal choice, I can’t help but feel a little sad about it. To imagine that simply being nude, you at your most basic, could carry such baggage with it. But it can. However, simply because some are more free with their naturist life, doesn’t mean they should feel empowered to sit in judgement of those still in the closet. They aren’t more or better of a naturist than anyone else. They are just in a different place.
I came across the photo below this morning and was so taken with it. It’s such a beautiful naturist photo. To many it represents a dream — the ability to be outdoors, on your deck, patio, or lanai, nude, enjoying the day. Not hidden behind closed doors, blinds, and curtains. For some, this is an unattainable utopia. For others, the fulfillment of a dream.
I’m happy to say that I’ve been lucky enough to have such a situation in many of the places I’ve lived or visited over the years. But I’m sorry to say that, for the fear of rejection I mentioned previously, I didn’t take advantage of them all. But that’s no longer the case. I am much more attune to and willing to explore naturist opportunities when they present themselves, some by happenstance, some by design.
One of my most memorable such occasions was during a vacation my family and I took years ago. We had rented a villa in the mountains and had arrived the night before. Since it was dark, when I arose early the next morning I was unsure of the land and privacy around the home. So, I went exploring. I was pleasantly surprised that the privacy was much better than I had expected, allowing for much more a naturist holiday that I had hoped.
As I took photos of the villa, I was surprised to find my wife, totally nude, lying by the pool. Apparently, she had the same impression! As a much less frequent naturist than myself, I was overjoyed to see her enjoying the sun, the warmth, and her beautiful body I love. I was very proud of her. She had come across a nude opportunity and took advantage of it, with little to no concern.
We were nude around the villa for most of that vacation. Inside, outside, swimming, sunning, reading, cooking, eating, lounging, playing games with the kids, listening to music…it didn’t matter. It was like finally arriving someplace you’ve always wanted to go, but thought you’d never get there. Pure bliss.
So to closet naturists out there, you’re fine. Go at your own pace. Walk into the light if and when you’re ready. But don’t build up such trepidation that you never dive in. I assure you…the water is fine.