Clothing Optional

The title pretty much says it all. A blog all about positively promoting nudism/naturism, body acceptance and social nudity, and showing how simply being nude is not porn, sexual or anything shameful.

Good Naked Morning: Naturism Promotes R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Good naked morning, Team Clothing Optional!

After about a week without internet, it’s great to finally be back, and able to blog in the buff on a weekend where there was nothing going on with work assignments. Friends, it’s great to relax nude on a Saturday morning and talk to you. That’s one thing that I think is great talking to fellow true nudists/naturists, when we’re stripped bare and comfortable in our flesh, we really get to better respect each other.

Friends, I know some of you have been following me for quite some time and know my story, but for those who don’t, I’m gonna talk a little about my naturist journey and relate it to the key topic in this blog post, RESPECT, and how naturism helps us become better people so we can better respect each other.

Respect for Myself and My Body

When I was younger, as much as I enjoyed the freedom of not wearing clothes when possible, I felt like an outcast. I was one of the most ignored and probably least attractive in my opinion of my peers. At a time where most guys were real set on sculpting and working themselves to develop the societal attractive “perfect male body”, well chiseled and built, which I didn’t have. It was always hard for me put on weight, I’ve always been slim. I did even start going to the weight room throughout much of the time I was attending college, and even though it did help me feel a little stronger, I didn’t change that much figurewise. Plus, most other guys I did happen to see who were nude in places like locker rooms, most of them were circumcised, I wasn’t. In my late teen years, yes I did go on a porn streak (something I’m not exactly proud of), and a good majority of the male actors in these films were also cut—I felt, will I ever be able to accept myself? Seeing all I saw, hearing about what the “perfect man” should be, which I was far from. Working as an art model started to help me feel more comfortable about accepting myself—I enjoyed being casually nude in private, and since this was an atmosphere where I didn’t have to worry about getting in trouble for being naked, I did it, plus I got paid for it which was a plus. And soon enough I just became so comfortable with my body that I decided, I truly am a nudist, and decided to start socializing with fellow nudists the only way I knew at the time, social media. Well upon meeting fellow nudists and getting to know them with time, I soon came to find they came in all shapes and sizes, attractive men and women, not so attractive in some way or another, but there’s no problem with being naked and we can come to embrace ourselves, no matter our flaws. Some women have large breasts, some small, some men are cut on the shaft, some not, some are thin, some are fat, some are old, some are young, but in the naturist world when we all accept ourselves and embrace our bodily flaws, we all become better people. When I noticed there were other imperfect bodied people like me, I got a glimmer of hope, knowing I would be respected no matter how perfect or imperfect my body may be.

Respect for My Peers

One thing I’ve come to learn about naturists is how different we all truly are. When I first started my naturist page “Clothing Optional” on Facebook, I came to find a lot of people who were much different than myself. Being around here and learning more about people, and now actually going to a naturist club in the summer, I’ve gotten to know all different kinds of people out there. But for a while, I felt like a lot of the other naturists, at least that really seem to be big on openly promoting nudism/naturism online were a lot different than me. Me, a small-town, country and outdoor-loving, straight, moderate Republican, Christian, un-stereotypical millennial, it’s not that easy to socialize with a lot of people who are just like me. Many of them seem more liberal, free-spirited, tech-savvy, big city people, many LGBT-affiliated, into way different music and interests than myself. But just being around people who are different than me has really helped me better appreciate how unique we all are. I know there aren’t a lot of other naturists out there who are just like me, but I’ve come to better respect how different everybody is in this world, naked or clothed—I can’t just shun someone out of my life, because they have different views than me. Plus when I’m around these kinds of people at naturist events and socializing online, I’m sure many get a better understanding that there are naturists like me out there, and there’s nothing they should fear about from me. In the end, we’re all human and we’re all different—but we can better respect each other when we are better exposed to it, and the best way I’ve found to find this is in the naturist world.

The big thing is, when you bring a child up, you raise them to think a certain way. And if we set a better example for our kids, they will be better off. I want my future kids to live in a home where they feel happy about themselves, and even though I’m not naked 100% of the time, I plan for my home to be clothing-optional. If you choose to be dressed, sometimes it’s nice to be dressed, you can. And if you just want to be casually naked, as long as you’re not a pervert or weirdo about it, you’re welcome to be naked. That’s why one thing I really look for in a potential girl who’d be right for me is one who is comfortable in her own skin, to the point where she’s comfortable with herself and hopefully doesn’t mind others being naked around and even being naked herself. The more we encourage simple nudity, the better off we truly are, no matter how different we are. When you have nothing to hide, you get to know the real person within. And in the end, that’s all we are, human, with feelings and dreams, each in their unique way.

It’s all about R-E-S-P-E-C-T, my friends. Don’t jeer or dismiss others who are different than you. When people do those kinds of things to you, don’t let them get you down. In the end, we’re all human and we all have feelings. So if we’re going to be happy in this world, we must accept each other for how different we are, and the best way to do that, I’ve found, is when we’re in our most human state of all, when we have nothing to hide and the “all of us” is free to breathe.

Hope y’all have a great day and weekend, friends! I’m looking forward to summer, and making my way to my club hopefully come Memorial Day! Summer will be here before we know it, and even though it’s still cold up here in Northern Michigan, the sun’s shining and that gives me a more positive look on how this day will be.

So friends, I’ll talk to y’all soon, and till then, #NudeOn!

David B

Good Naked Morning: Keep on the Sunny Side

Good naked morning, friends!

It’s a beautiful sunny Saturday morning up here in my neck of the woods–it’s supposed to get up to the 60s today, so I’m happy. It’s supposed to also get close to 70 as the new week starts. Still too cold to swim, but at least it’s warm enough to wear a lighter jacket outside. In a couple of months, my nearest naturist club will also be open, but this time I think I’ll wait a little while, at least ’til the pool warms up and more people show up. Plus since I have a newer vehicle, I can hopefully drive down sometime this summer to visit Turtle Lake Resort–but after I save enough back up, since I just paid my taxes a few weeks ago and am still trying to grow my finances back in order.

One big thing about our society today–so many people are feuding. In the American society I’m living in today, there’s so much fighting going on in politics I try to distance myself from it as much as I can. Even though I don’t make much money now, I don’t cause a major outcry about it–I’m getting by little by little, and just seeing the sun outside on days like today makes me happy. I’ve heard people comment on how positive I seem to be–and I thank them, I feel we should all keep more on the sunny side. And believe me, I come from a family of people who I feel worry way more than they should, and sometimes I feel the same way, but I’m working on it.

There are days where I feel like I’ve been rejected or forgotten even though I really shouldn’t feel that way. And it’s worst on dark, rainy days. But when the sun’s shining in through my window, I get a glimmer of hope. When I see my bank account is running low, I’ve been lately telling myself to be happy with how much I do have instead of what I don’t.

Friends, I’m not perfect, and I’m no better than everyone else–but I feel this world just needs to think more positively about things. And I was just thinking about it, because two things that really make me feel more positively on life on are the shining morning sun and relaxing in the buff. I hope y’all have a great weekend, forgive me for my rant if it seems like it doesn’t have a point–let’s think positively on life, and one thing that I know helps is the naked part. Summer will here before we know it, and soon many of us will be able to be our naked selves outside again, and soak up the warm weather. ‘Til then, get some sunshine and put on a happy face!

Talk to ya soon, and #NudeOn!

David B

Good Naked Morning: Gotta Be a Balance

Hey, good naked morning again friends!

It’s another beautiful Saturday morning up here in my neck of the woods. Yeah it’s still a little chilly outside, but enjoyin’ the clothes-free freedom in my domicile lookin’ out at the rising sun, especially as it says on the news it’s supposed to be gettin’ up to 50 degrees throughout the weekend and into the beginning of the new week. So still too cold to be nude outside, but it’s little by little starting to get closer to what we truly call Spring.

So I read a few articles over the last couple nights, and I thought I’d discuss my thoughts on them.

First of all, I found this article on Carpenter Rob Jenner, whom we all know was accused by his neighbors of being a public nuisance with his simple naturism, and how he was let off the hook not guilty—first of all, I’m happy for him, it’s great the naturist won in this case! But also, it disgusts me why so many of his neighbors complained—one saying that because Rob put a sign up asking people not to be offended by his nudity that he’s an exhibitionist? Whaa? Just ‘splains how messed up prude society is—exhibitionism, mister, is when you are purposely showing off your body for everybody to see. Rob did not say “HEY, LOOK AT ME EVERYBODY! I’M NAKED, LOOK AT ME!” He was saying not to be offended because he doesn’t care if you see him naked or not, he’s not saying, look here’s my naked body, look at my … or anything like that. There’s a big difference—being free to practice naturism and being an exhibitionist are completely different things.

Plus, I read an article about people putting misconceptions about naturism, clearing up the myth about naturists not being sexual. And I admit it—yes, we naturists are sexual, but isn’t everyone once in a while, whether you are clothed or not? Sex has its place, but not in the world of everyday living in naturism. Practicing naturism is about simple, everyday living and as part of that, being comfortable without clothes. We true naturists know how to control our sexual behavior, just as most clothed people do. I do not enjoy when people spread porn all over the internet and give the whole nudity spectrum the taboo on account of that. Big point—you must control yourself, if you are a genuine naturist blogger, you do not show porn for everybody to see—that’s where I feel many have pushed it too far, keep the dirty desires in the bedroom and act like a modest citizen out in public, clothed or not. You are not sexual out in the general public, you keep it behind closed doors in the bedroom. There’s got to be a balance, because naturism is yes about nudity, but it’s just seeing it as a natural thing as a normal part of life, completely separate from the idea of sexual desire. Some say this sexual misunderstanding as a reason for looking down on casual nudity may have to do with religion, but as a Christian myself, I still feel I can find ways to express myself as a naturist and a great natural creation on this Earth. Bottom line, people need not be so on edge about our natural skin. Casual nudity should not be anything folks should be getting overtly hysterical about because of worries of leading to sexual behavior–it’s all about CONTROL, knowing your limits and what behavior is right in society, no matter if you’re naked or clothed. A body is simply a body, and a natural creation.

Friends, I’m still curious to hear your ideas on how we can improve this blog and be able to act more mutually as fellow naturists thru the help of this blog. What did ya guys think of my idea for the “Embracing You” series? Also, what else would you recommend as I try to figure out ways to improve the #TeamClothingOptional experience through this blog and our social media sites?

Have a great weekend friends, and #NudeOn!

David B

An ode to love

I’m happy for you two.

Bare Thoughts

Some of you might find the text below a bit juicy or unneeded. But for me it’s necessary to share it public. So think what you want, because I’m going to write it anyway haha.

Today is march 30 2017. The day that Santana and I are officially a couple for one year. And it was a year full of love. Santana, this is for you:

The moment I met you was true love at first sight. It feltimmediately like I known you for years. We had phone calls that lasted hours. There was nothing holding us back, there were no walls, just plain blind trust. You told me everything about your history and I told mine. We were at our happiest when we were together and missed eachother within 5 minutes when we weren’t together.

In the very early beginning you got pretty sick and I stayed by your…

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Good Naked Morning: #EmbracingYou, Your Ideas?

Good naked morning, friends!

I hope you’re enjoying this Saturday—up here near the tip of the Michigan mitt, it’s still chilly, but I remember my neighbor said downstate his parents have near 70-degree weather. We just had freezing rain here the other day and it was pouring down rain all evening last night. But it’s nice to be warm and nude inside my domicile, for the time being at least.

So I just saw this 20/20 video clip of a family at a naturist resort in Florida, and they specially agreed to have this interview as long as nothing is blurred. You see so much blurring on TV it’s just plain awful. Why have we subjected ourselves to this?

I come to see my parents after a nudist gathering downstate a few weeks ago, and my mom’s like “You were around a bunch of dicks?” And it was hard to explain to her about how there was absolutely nothing sexual about it, but the control freak that my mom is (I love her, don’t get me wrong, but she’s very militant about wearing clothes). I don’t see why it is so hard for people to accept just casual nudity when there’s nothing sexual about it. Why must we train our brains to think like this because of what society says?

I salute celebrities who’ve taken the chance and just let it all hang out—true the press doesn’t have to follow them around and leak them all over, but either way it’s good that more people are becoming more accepting of their bodies. I applaud the nudist comedy groups that have started with guys like Tim Chizmar, who’s been able to link the comedy world and nudist world out in California.

How about LBJ? I read about how President Lyndon Johnson held an impromptu news conference after making a speech during his presidential election campaign in 1964, and he was changing his clothes throughout the entire time he was talking, and what I think is amazing is how he continued talking while completely naked, just brushing his nakedness off as nothing. We can learn from this—there’s nothing wrong with nudity, except the way people think about it.

What I would like to do—I think it would be great to do a partnership between blogs for a special naturist series to appeal to non-naturists coming from the points of view of naturist guys and gals who didn’t grow up with it, and somehow use what we’ve learned over time to appeal to the non-naturist crowd. I’d love to hear your ideas about this—maybe talk mutually in these blogs about issues like body image (being overweight, being thin, tall, short) and flaws or handicaps, age, maybe a woman’s point of view, getting bullied for being different, different things like that each session and somehow discuss them between us how naturism has really helped us accept our flaws–and I even came up with a great name, #EmbracingYou. What do y’all think? I’d love to hear your input.

‘Til then, hope y’all have a great weekend, and #NudeOn!

Best y’all,
David Buck

Embrace your body : The all-the-way method

Tha Naked I

Art Model Life Nudes for Drawing Painting and Sculpting
It is my absolute pleasure to present a guest post written by my great friends, as well as fellow naturists and bloggers, Naked Wanderings ( today. The article is about body positivity and nudism/naturism, things I truly believe in, so it fits this blog perfectly. I love their way of writing and I’m sure you will too !
How much time do you spend everyday hiding who you really are ? Yes, this is quite an in-your-face question but think about it. Everyday you’re picking out clothes, putting them on, changing them again, put on make-up, pick out jewellery, changing your clothes again … It never stops. Don’t worry, it’s not just you, we all do that. But why ? Why do we want to look different than we are ? What’s that measurement of “prettiness” that we’re trying to reach ? What’s wrong with what we have ?

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Embrace your body : The all-the-way method

Tha Naked I

Art Model Life Nudes for Drawing Painting and Sculpting
It is my absolute pleasure to present a guest post written by my great friends, as well as fellow naturists and bloggers, Naked Wanderings ( today. The article is about body positivity and nudism/naturism, things I truly believe in, so it fits this blog perfectly. I love their way of writing and I’m sure you will too !
How much time do you spend everyday hiding who you really are ? Yes, this is quite an in-your-face question but think about it. Everyday you’re picking out clothes, putting them on, changing them again, put on make-up, pick out jewellery, changing your clothes again … It never stops. Don’t worry, it’s not just you, we all do that. But why ? Why do we want to look different than we are ? What’s that measurement of “prettiness” that we’re trying to reach ? What’s wrong with what we have ?

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Chapter 11: Unexpected ” hero “?

Bare Thoughts

What a week people, what a week. Santana is joining me in the truck for 2,5 weeks and it started off pretty crazy. It all started last Thursday evening with a beautiful trip to France. We left around 7.30 pm, after picking up a pre-loaded trailer and arrived at our first 4 customers in Paris ( they’re all in the same building ). After unloading them we went to the next one 10 km further. After that it was 780 kilometer to our next stop: Marseille. Because we drove all night we had to sleep during the day. Which wasn’t easy with a cabin temperature of 29+ degrees Celsius and an air conditioning that couldn’t work longer dan 2,5 hours. After that the battery voltage was to low and we had to keep the truck running for a while.

When our break was over, we left around midnight for the…

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Good Naked Morning: Where We Came From

Good naked morning!

Friends, it’s great to be back, on a free, nude Saturday morning. Woke up, turned up the thermostat, and enjoying the peace and quiet I’ve been waiting for all week. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love socializing and talking, but it’s also nice to just meditate on a Saturday where I luckily didn’t have any work assignments or priorities, just me meditating with just the feeling of the air on my bare skin. It’s been a busy few weeks—plus I had a cold all last weekend while I was out of town on a ministry weekend. Glad to finally be feeling better, at least.

So last night I dug into my kid side and popped The Lion King into my Blu-ray player, my favorite Disney movie of all time, I remember when my mom first bought it on VHS for me for my 5th birthday, right after it came out. And all my life, I’ve always felt like I’ve had a little bit of Simba in me.

Anyway, my point, besides Timon’s little “hula drag” bit, what amazes me is how nobody in this film wears clothes, and they’re in their natural habitat. I feel like we humans can learn from this—whyever we have destroyed much of the natural beauty of this world is beyond me. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy having a computer and living in a nice, small apartment house in the small town where I live, but I feel too many humans have gone too far to the point where many have invaded the whole idea of nature. It seems as though we’ve tried to hide where we came from. We cover up our bodies, we envy those who have perfectly toned, fit bodies and basically put them up on a pedestal. Why have we seriously come this far? It’s just like Simba trying to run from his past and how his evil Uncle Scar made Simba believe Simba was the reason for his father, King Mufasa’s death. But it’s also great how Rafiki the baboon helped Simba realize how “you can either run from it, or learn from it”.

And that’s one thing we can do as well—learning from how much society has rejected the idea of nature—urbanization and textiles, we’re losing sight of where we came from and building up shame for it (that’s a shame we humans have put on ourselves)—we can learn from that, we can make a difference in showing how the body is great no matter what you look like, and is more than just a sexual icon. What I think is great is how many resorts are nestled back in the woods, purposely getting away from much of the manmade world of major cities. What I enjoy about going to my nearest naturist club is being able to be my real, natural, naked self out in the woods, surrounded by nature.

It’s time we should return more to nature—the more we expose ourselves to the manmade artifices of today’s world and the lazier we get, I feel the more we’re going to go to seed. There needs to be a balance—we need to respect all the nature of this world, including ourselves. If God created us to wear artificial manmade fabrics, we would have born in them. But we weren’t, we were meant to live naked and natural, just as all the other animals in nature are. It’s something we can learn from. Just keep that in mind.

‘Til next time, hope y’all enjoy the rest of your weekend, and #NudeOn.

By the way, still looking for interested individuals to take part in my #YourNudeOnStory profile series, be sure to DM me via Twitter or FB to let me know.

Talk to ya soon,

David Buck

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