Beach Gymnastics

Saw this video this morning.  Too funny and so true!

Beach Video

This approach is fairly typical of US beaches.  That and the contortion women go through to untie their bikini tops so they can avoid tan lines on their backs when they tan lying face down.  To each her own but it’s always struck me as a bit silly.  

I once saw a woman on a Spanish beach do the exact opposite — change out if her wet suit into a dry one on a non-nude beach.  No hiding, no fear.  She just carried on with her conversation and casually changed.  I’m sure people noticed but no one appeared to object or make any kind of fuss.  Different cultural approach to nudity. 


Keeping the Joy Alive

Anytime you discover something new, a new interest, a new hobby, or maybe making a new friend, usually you want more of it. It’s fun, exciting, enticing. Naturism is definitely that way for me. Sure, not always. I’m not looking to be nude 24/7 anywhere and everywhere. I understand why some feel that way. I just don’t. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t love being nude. I definitely do.  

Don’t forget — naturism is fun!

But I always look back quite affectionately on my early naturist days when I first came to enjoy spending time nude. I suppose that’s why I’ve always enjoyed “first time” accounts, or stories, real or fiction, about how people came to embrace naturism. Those early days are always filled with new discoveries and joy.  

One of my first big purchases as a young man was a VHS camcorder. I liked the idea of making funny films, something I ended up doing a lot with my friends. Today I would have been all over You Tube. But, this was long before any of that existed. Although it had nothing to do with why I bought it, the idea of being able to record myself nude popped into my head one afternoon while I had the house to myself. It was a bit of a eureka moment.

There was nothing exploitative or sexual about my home movies. They were just me, at home, nude. I found the process fun, getting the perfect “casually nude at home” shot. I especially enjoyed watching them back later, seeing myself living the nudist life I fantasized about and dreamed of. Unfortunately, I usually recorded over the films, fearing someone might come across them and “find out”. Totally silly now, but an understandable concern then. Sure wish I had one of those films now. It would be fun to look back on.  

I try to stay in touch with those sensations and experiences with my naturism today. I want to keep my naturist time fresh, invigorating, and joyful. While many naturists often claim “I forgot I was nude”, I’m not sure I want that. I get what they mean — they weren’t self conscious, they felt very comfortable, and at ease nude. All that is good. But I don’t ever want to lose the fun of being nude. I’d be quite sad if I did.  

Keep the joy of naturism alive!

So keep your naturism fun.  Remember what you first loved about it and hold onto it. Inject some excitement into your naturist time whenever you can. Maintain or rediscover the joy of being nude. It’s worth the effort.  

Naturist Barriers…..Naturist Obstacles

Taking the path less traveled isn’t always easy.

Barriers…..Obstacles. Same thing, right? Well, that depends….on you.

When I consider the term “barrier” I think of things that are designed to be impenetrable — jet blast barriers at the end of a runway, concrete barriers providing security around high profile buildings, flood barriers or dams to channel or block water and such. The point is, they are there for a reason and they are designed to be permanent. They guide behavior by creating a situation where the variable has no choice but to comply.  
In contrast, I see obstacles as more temporary, transitory. They can be overcome. You go around, you go over or under, you go through. Obstacles still guide behavior, but with an understanding that not all behavior will be shaped, just some of it. Those who want to overcome an obstacle will, if they persevere, will find a way.

Challenges are part of life. We run into them every day. The question is — are these challenges barriers or obstacles? The answer to that question depends on many variables. But the most important of those is you — your understanding, your tenacity, your grit, your creativity, your confidence, your capabilities. The bottom line is, it’s you. You are the variable that matters most.  

The biggest burdens we carry are often self imposed.

So how does this diatribe relate to naturism? Simple. There are few hobbies or lifestyles that encounter more challenges than naturism — societal norms, family opinions, religion, legalities, lack of self confidence, self doubt, judgements from others, lack of knowledge, not conforming with “traditional” naturism, and just plain fear. Those are just some of the more prominent challenges. A top 10 if you will, of an even greater list.  

Are these obstacles you can overcome? Is naturism worth it to you?

But as naturists, we viewed these challenges as obstacles. We didn’t stop. We didn’t give up or go a different direction. We persevered. Sure, maybe we went slowly. Maybe we left our naturist life for a while. Maybe it took a while to figure out how to get around an obstacle, to overcome it. Maybe we had to work up some courage to talk to our family about it. Maybe we had to do some research to find a beach or club near us. Maybe we had to do some soul searching to decide if this was for us. The list goes on and on. But the point is, it wasn’t a barrier. It was an obstacle. And as a result, we found a way to something fun, exhilarating, and enriching.  

So to naturists everywhere, pat yourself in he back. You got to a good place. But that doesn’t mean the journey is over. What’s on your naturist bucket list? What obstacles are in your way? To the budding naturist or nudie curious out there I can only say this — whatever is holding you back isn’t impenetrable. Go around it, go over it, go through it. Talk to them. Take a chance. Seize the day. Go for it. It’s worth it.  

I’ve written quite a bit about the obstacles I encountered in my naturist life, as well as those that still remain.  What about you?  What challenges do you face?  Are they barriers or obstacles?

Nudie curious? See obstacles in your path? Find a way. Dive in!

Hiking Sans Clothes — Naking!

I came across an article today, linked below, that addressed a familiar topic, hiking nude. This isn’t a new topic for Naturistthoughts. I’ve discussed it before in many posts. But this article covered it in a new and refreshing manner.

First, it introduced a term I’ve never heard of — “naking”, a combination of naked and hiking. I’ve always seen and used the term “freehiking”. But to be honest, I kind of like “naking”. It’s lighthearted, kind of cute. It conveys what nude hiking is — fun. “Freehiking” sounds more like you hiked but didn’t have to pay. Anyway, I like “naking” and may start using it now. Yeah….I know, big news.

But I also liked that this post was written by a woman about women. The blog isn’t really a naturist blog since it covers many topics. But obviously nude hiking is a topic near and dear to naturists everywhere.

Naking is for everyone! It isn’t about you look. It’s about how you feel. I’d say she feels great!

In the post, the author hit on a number of naturist values — positive body image, benefits of non-sexual nudity, empowerment, freedom, and enjoying nature. I think the message for women is exceptional and one that can’t be shouted loud enough — be empowered, revel in yourself, feel good about yourself, see your own beauty, don’t be defined by standards set by others (frequently men), your nude body is beautiful –enjoy it!

Personally, I love hiking nude. Letting every concern, every hang up, every stereotype by the side of the trail, along with my clothes, and leaping out into Mother Nature without a stitch is an exhilaration, joy, and kick in the butt few things can challenge. But….I know everyone doesn’t feel the same. Consequently, do it smartly, cautiously, and with consideration. I recommend you do the same. Find a secluded trail, a favorite spot. Take a friend, see if the mind. But however you do it… it! You won’t regret it!

Sleeping Nude

I came across this good video about sleeping nude.  View it here

For most naturists, one of our earliest forays into life sans clothes often occurs as children, in bed, sleeping. Why? Well, a variety of reasons. First and foremost, privacy. If you chose to sleep nude, it’s unlikely someone will find out, unless you have a sibling roomie. Then, yeah, they may break the code and rat you out, unless of course they have the same predilection as you.  

Secondly, as a kid, your room is your castle. There are few areas where you feel so confident and daring as in your room, particularly in your bed. So, willing to buck the jammies requirement and go rogue? Sure, why not! Finally, there is the element of time. Every day you have time in your room, in your bed, to enjoy the feeling of being nude. Similar opportunities don’t grow on trees. If you’re drawn to it as most naturists are, it’s a hard opportunity to pass up.

So, for the budding naturist, whether child or adult, bed time is a great chance to experiment with naked time. Speaking for me personally, I followed this well worn path as part of my naturist education. I came to be quite fond of taking off my “pajamas” and lying there, sans covers, au naturel, imagining what it would be like to be like this whenever and whenever I wanted. Usually I would put my “pajamas” back on before falling asleep. But several times I drifted off while nude, only to wake up the next morning, thrilled with the idea that I had spent the entire night nude.  

I became more and more partial to nighttime nude time and to make it easier on myself, gradually lessened my “pajamas” down from regular boys pajamas, to shorts and a shirt with underwear, to losing the underwear, to just shorts sans underwear. It was as close to nude as I could get and I became quite adept at getting in and out of them quickly.  

I’m not sure when exactly, but well into adulthood, I eventually came to skip shorts or underwear or anything and began sleeping nude full time. That was at least twenty years ago, about the time I first began spending time openly nude around our home. Short of wearing a pair of shorts when staying with friends or family, I’ve never looked back. To me, sleeping in anything other than your birthday suit is slightly akin to torture, for all the reasons displayed on this video.  

For me, sleeping nude = sleeping good.  

Dude…..You’re Nude!

If this is how you enjoy most mornings, could you do so with non-naturist guests over? How about at a friends house? Maybe….if you’re willing to consider it.

“Yes I am…..and loving it”!

An oft discussed topic, to the point of monotony, is how to move naturism into the mainstream. In other words, how to make it so you can sit out in your back yard nude without fear of someone seeing, you getting arrested, labeled a sexual predator, losing your job, and pretty much ruining your life. Ok, maybe I took that to an extreme….maybe not.  

But anyway, a lot of people point to events such as The Naked Bike Ride as a good example of an event that supports this idea by placing simple non-sexual nudity into the public spectrum. Among other things, to some, it can desexualize nudity and allow it to be seen as something generally harmless. To others, it remains a pariah. I’m not here to argue that one way or the other. But I believe one of the most effective means of normalizing nudity is simply by going nude, when you can, when it’s safe, amongst non-nudists.  

Just because they aren’t nude, doesn’t mean you can’t be.

Ok, I know what you’re thinking, “duh”! Let me expand on that a bit. I’ve written about this before in the post entitled, Standing Out In a Crowd. In it, I extolled the benefits of a “clothing optional” approach. Now, some naturists are very anti-clothing optional, since, among other reasons, it essentially permits voyeurs into naturist venues. Others embrace clothing optional since it allows people more freedom to choose what is right for them, at that time, at that location, on that day. I tend to fall more in the latter side of the argument than the former, although I can see truth in both sides. But I’m not talking about resorts or clubs. I’m talking about homes, friends homes, camping, boating, whatever.  

Among family and friends, I don’t believe you’ll find too many naturists who don’t agree that if you have the opportunity to go nude, do it! Don’t shock, offend, or impose. But if you take the time to ask and explain, you may very well find acceptance. And by doing so, what do the others learn — nudity isn’t that big of a deal; you’re still the same person as before. The key is, you have to consider it, you have to be willing to bring it up. If you don’t, likely you’re missing out on some wonderful naturist experiences. 

Love of friends and family can easily overcome differing feelings about being nude.

I have had such good experiences with those I’ve shared my naturist lifestyle with that I will admit that I do find myself actually looking forward to the next opportunity — “who should I tell next?” However, I continue to be very selective. I don’t just feel the need to tell someone, just for its own sake. I don’t want my enthusiasm to ruin a good thing. But if given the opportunity to be nude among a group of understanding, accommodating, non-naturist friends or family…..I won’t hesitate.  

The runner up to being nude among naturists, being nude among non-naturists.

Have you ever gone nude among non-naturist friends?  

Male Nudity Can’t be Beautiful….Right?

I come across this artistic nude today and found it to be quite thought provoking. It’s not a naturist photo. Many would say it’s more sexual than anything. Not my thing usually. I’d rather see a 50-yr old couple out hiking nude than a 21-year old nude Adonis. But that’s ok. I’ve got a point here. I was struck with how beautiful it was but juxtaposed that with how many people would find it otherwise. Some might balk at the nudity, others would find it displeasurable since it shows a mans penis, others because the mans penis is semi-erect. I find all three of those objections completely absurd. I’m not saying people aren’t entitled to them, I just can’t identify with them at all.  

It is beautiful. It’s a fact.

Female nudity is so much more accepted than the male. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a longtime fan of female nudity. The nude female form is stunning. However, to see one nude gender as graceful, angelic, artistic, and 1,000 more positive descriptors, while viewing the other gender in the complete opposite manner, doesn’t make sense to me. 

Breakdown the barriers. Call a spade a spade. Be honest. It’s beautiful.  

My personal growth as a naturist has enabled me to come to be much more open and accepting about the beauty in both genders. It has nothing to do with sexuality. It’s simply a willingness to see beauty rather than denying it as a fact and truth. I think women evolved to this position much much sooner than men. Most women can see a nude woman and easily find beauty, even enjoyment in her nudity. Men….well, doing likewise with a nude man, and openly admitting it, is still a leap for us. Come on dudes…..lets keep evolving shall we?

So yes, a male nude, semi erect penis and all, can be beautiful. And yes, a heterosexual naturist man can say that. 

Naturist Health

“You’ve always got your health”, or so the saying goes. But do you?  

A healthy lifestyle is overlooked by far too many people. This is particularly the case in our “mid-life years” where our metabolism slows down, the body starts to creak a bit, and we get increasingly busy with our careers. The point is, we stop investing in ourselves.  

Now, many will extrapolate those words to assume I’m talking about working out and being fit. Well, sure, that’s part of it. But I’m not a believer that you have to have 6-pack abs and a tiny waist to mean you are living a healthy lifestyle. You can have both of those things while being anything but healthy. No, to me, a healthy lifestyle has a number of different aspects to include nutritional diet, fitness regime, spiritual wellness, and mental acuity. 

For me personally, naturism supports all of these aspects. I truly find that the more I’m nude outdoors, the more active I am and the better, and less, I eat. My spirit, my mood, my emotional health, all benefit. 

When you look back to the early roots of European naturism, it was very much based as a means to health. People weren’t sitting on the couch nude staring at their 1920 version of the iPad, called a book I believe. At least that wasn’t their only activity. No, they were in groups, nude, outdoors, and active. Did they have it all figured out? No, of course not. But linking naturism to health….I think they were on to something there.

I recall seeing a photo in a fashion magazine when I was a tweener. Why was I looking through a fashion magazine? Well….I was a growing boy. You figure it out. And in this day, I struck gold. The photo I came across stood out to me because the young woman in the photo was completely nude. Of course, she was strategically positioned so you couldn’t see anything, not that it mattered to me at the time. My adolescent brain could fill in the blanks. But my emerging naturist side was intrigued by the message — do something for your spirit, your confidence….for yourself, spend part of your day nude. Needless to say, I was buoyed by coming across someone preaching what I enjoyed doing whenever I could. It was another hint that I wasn’t alone.  

But the message of that photo still holds true today. Spending time nude can be of great benefit to your mental health, your spirit, your energy, your outlook, your disposition, the very essence of what makes you, you.  

So naturists, take care of yourselves. Stay active, eat well, exercise, be social, embrace you and take life head on. And, when you can….do it bare ass naked! You’ll be better for it!

In the Open

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.  

The Fear of Nudity

Sometimes in reading the nudie news and the regular news, you find common threads. In my morning perusal I first came across an article about ESPNs The Body Issue. For those not aware, this issue focuses on the athletic body of various athletes photographed nude, but obscuring “their private bits” with all manners of creative means. Although, some are more visibly nude than others such as gymnast Ali Reisman, in what I can only describe as a stunningly beautiful picture of an athlete in her prime.  

But this year, one of The Body covers features a nude male football player….and the sporting male population apparently can’t handle the sight of it. Well, at least many of those who took to Twitter can’t handle it. Yet another example of men’s homophobic fears over seeing and enjoying the site of a nude man. Simply absurd.  

Men, it’s time to evolve a bit. Get over it. Yes….other men have bodies, complete with penises and butts. And yes, some of them are beautiful. If women are able to look at a nude woman and see beauty, why do you think it’s impossible for men to achieve such a feat? Guys…’s ok. You aren’t going to die, go to hell, lose friends, or turn gay. He’s just naked!  

Fellas….it’s ok….don’t be scared of enjoying male nudity. He has a great body…His penis looks nice. You can say it out loud.
Another “news” article I stumbled upon….ok, it isn’t news, it’s just one of those silly items that shows up in my yahoo daily news feed, usually focused on celebrities and other items I’m not interested in. But anyway, this one was once again about someone having an issue with nudity, or in this case semi-nudity, in regards to women swimwear bottoms and their apparent need to take to Twitter to share their displeasure. Basically, the Twitterite doesn’t care to see so much booty cheek. She’s convinced it will scar her and her toddler for life. The consensus among responses — get over it lady, it’s just a butt.  
As a naturist, I can’t help but find both of these reactions to simple nudity to be anything other than comical. I understand societal norms and how they have come to be. And I’m not a believer that nudity should be ok anywhere, anytime. But to be so shocked or dismayed by the sight of a butt, breast, or penis, that you feel the need to denounce them as dirty, inappropriate, practically evil……that you actually fear the sight of a nude human body…..I mean, seriously!? You’ve got the same parts, at least some of them. What are you scared of? You think THIS is going to erode our society? I can turn on the television any evening and watch someone being beaten or killed, and the sight of a butt is what you’re worried about?  

Don’t be scared….it’s just a penis.

The nude human body is beautiful. It is! And I thank god for people who can understand and appreciate that; who can be comfortable around nudity; who can accept and tolerate other’s desire to be nude or semi-nude at a beach, a pool, or a park.  Nude isn’t rude….it’s beautiful. Fear not!