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.

Thank You Y’all, The Time Has Come…

Good naked morning friends.

It’s rather a bittersweet day for me today for me, but I’ve decided it’s a better decision for me at this point in my life. I have decided that I will be downsizing, when it comes to social media and naturism. And as part of that, unfortunately, I’m planning on retiring my Clothing Optional blog. I’m not saying goodbye from nudism/naturism, it’s just that I’ve been so busy lately with work and other priorities in my life that I haven’t blogged for a while, and truthfully, unfortunately I’ve just started losing the desire of blogging.

When I first decided to start this blog, my big thing was I was new to nudism/naturism, and wanted to make new friends/connections with true nudists/naturists, because I truly came to feel that yes, our bodies are wonderful creations and there’s no reason that since my body isn’t “perfect” to stereotypical mainstream standards that I can’t just be happy in my own skin. I love being nude without it having to be sexual or taboo, but to just be natural, because that’s the way God brought us into this world, and the way we will leave it. I have truly appreciated all your support throughout the lifetime of this blog. I still plan to be involved with nudism/naturism, I plan to still interact with my fellow nudists on Twitter and talking just with the basic friends I have on my personal nudist FB (after closing my Clothing Optional group on there this weekend), but that’s all I need at this point is simply a smaller group of nudist friends I know and trust. I’ve also decided to close my Tumblr page too, because there are just way too many people following me for the wrong reasons. I never planned on getting famous, I’m still just an average Joe guy who simply wanted to interact with fellow lovers of the simple clothes-free way of life, and make some new friends—and looking back, I feel I truly have, and it’s amazing the reception I’ve got and how many of you have enjoyed my blog posts over the last few years has been wonderful.

But right now, I’ve got a life to live, and yes it was a hard decision to depart ways with my blog, but right now in my life I think it’s only the right thing to do. Thank you for understanding, and again I truly appreciate your support as I write here for the last time.

I still believe strongly in nudism/naturism, everybody is beautiful in their natural, naked glory and deserves to be happy in the body they’re in, and I will continue to embrace those values as I do downsize, but I know I’ve made the right decision here.

God bless y’all, my friends. You have been a wonderful audience, and again it’s hard to say goodbye, but it’s just the right thing to do. The time has indeed come. Thank you everybody, and I hope we can all continue to #NudeOn until we meet again!


David B

Good Naked Morning: Life is Precious

Good naked morning everybody!

That’s a statement that’s long overdue, I think. Well this is a very special one because I have some very important news about updates in my life. As many of you know, I haven’t written for a while on account of how busy work has been keeping me within the past few months. But this past Friday, I was involved in a car accident, luckily I was wearing a backpack when the car hit me, I am OK and I only have minimal damage. I did break some bones in my shoulders though, that was the most damage done, but I was able to walk OK and I didn’t get any brain damage, so I am very blessed I made it out of that situation alive and out of the hospital yesterday. Taking it easy for the next month or so off work has finally made it possible to sit back with my back against a soft pillow and finally be able to write.

This life is precious people, so live it up—it makes me think of people who don’t think their life is worth living who try to kill themselves. They’re giving up on life, we’re not supposed to be that way! God truly gave us a mission in life, that’s why I know he did not want me to die that night. So friends, don’t give up on your dreams, and yeah we all make mistakes, just as I did, but learn from your mistakes and let them help you grow into a wiser, better person. I did not know I was going to be hit by a car, I just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but going through that accident has helped me realize how important life is, and you shouldn’t give up—as much as I wish I could return to work, I must take it easy on myself, I have never felt this helpless in my life, but I’m so blessed it isn’t very much, and I can still get around and remember it all. It’s truly a miracle that we’re all on this earth, so don’t take living for granted, and when you are feeling down just remember, you were put on this earth for a purpose, so don’t throw it away!

Peace out friends, have a great day, and #NudeOn!

David B

Good Naked Morning: The Future of Naturism as we come into a new year very soon?

Good naked morning, friends!

If you’ve been following my blog lately, you may know I haven’t written in a while, as I’ve said in the past it’s a busy month for me at work. And just this cold winter weather doesn’t make it easy when it comes to being casually naked and being able to interact with fellow nudists/naturists. Well luckily the next couple weekends I’m fortunate to finally have free, and this morning I couldn’t wait to get back in touch with all of you good people. I hope y’all are having fun, and getting all set for the holiday season that’s upon us. I wish y’all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

So friends, it seems quite a bit has happened this year, and one big thing that happened in the naturism world unfortunately was the closing of the Young Naturists America, which I think is making it harder for people to advocate for our lifestyle. It also seems like the average age range of nudists tends to be higher, and it feels like there’s less younger nudists than there used to be. I’ve also personally, as you may know, been very busy with work and haven’t had a lot of time to be able to be active in the naturist community this year. But knowing what’s happened this year, sometimes I wonder how we can make a difference in naturism with the new year.

It makes me think of how many people in today’s world still don’t understand what our lives as naturists are really all about. Somebody complains about something, and then it becomes a worldwide controversy. You get one bad apple that ruins it for everybody—somebody that exposes themselves for all the wrong reason, you get these perverts who come up in the so-called news who sexually assault people, the porn world continuously tries making more and more money by exploiting the human body, and people equate all nudity as being taboo and sexual. Well the truth is, our bodies were not made to think this way. The human mind has generated all of this controversy, God didn’t create us to be like this. If being naked was no problem for us as a baby, it shouldn’t be as an adult either.

And because of all that hype about nudity being acquainted with sex, people have a problem with seeing kids nude or people just taking casual pictures of families nude. People falsely accuse nudists of being perverts or pedophiles when in reality, nothing dirty is taking place at all. If people are going to see nudism in a positive light, we need to show how family friendly it truly is.

The first thing people need to realize is we were born naked. It makes me think the other day at bible study, we were watching the movie “The Nativity Story”, in celebration of Christmas…and sure enough, when Baby Jesus was born, they picked him straight up and his buttocks and genital region are right in plain view. You see different movies where babies/toddlers are seen nude, sometimes you may see their buttocks or their penis, and nobody thinks anything of it. And then as we grow up, we start losing sight of how innocent our bodies truly should be. I mean seriously, if nobody has a problem with a baby being naked, why must it be a problem for an adult to be naked without having anything to do with sex?

A penis, or a woman’s breasts, are simply body parts, just like your hands, your eyes, nose, mouth, arms or feet. Why must they be treated any different? You hear allegations about people masturbating in front of women, or groping a woman’s breasts or something like that—that behavior is just wrong, and needs to be kept private and with consent. The way I see it, if people really have a problem with a penis, breasts or buttocks being sexual, then you might as well also censor their hands, or their mouths, or feet, or whatever because all of those body parts contribute to sexual behavior. So the way I see it, if you’re going to bother showing casual nudity on television, just let it all show.

And of course, there’s the body image issue. Society has placed so much emphasis on a sculpted, fit body being the ideal body. Just because you may be fat or thin, or not as attractive to the common public as another, doesn’t mean you can’t respect yourself for who you really are and be comfortable in your naked skin. You are special, you were made special, and you deserve to be happy in your skin, no matter what you look like.

And finally, not all nudists/naturists are the same. A lot of people see us as liberal hippies who are real eccentric, geeky, big city people, pro-LGBT, anti-religion, or whatever other label. Truth is, naturism is truly about being yourself while at the same time appreciating your natural self as one with creation. And living just as others would, happier without clothes. So why is it that so many people stereotype naturists as I’ve said above? I feel this is a reason why many more conservative people don’t understand us too—matter of fact, that’s one reason I am here, to help break that stereotype. I’m straight, an outdoorsman, I hunt, I fish, I love to jam to and sing country music, I’m a Christian, a Republican, I love the rural way of life, and yeah I tend not to keep up with a lot of the popular trends, but still I feel we need to appreciate the bodies we’ve been given and I just feel more comfortable naked. And I care just as much about naturism as some of the more “liberal” types. I know, many might be shocked when they find out who I really am. There are things about others I don’t agree with, but I still try to respect them best I can. Many would be surprised somebody of my background would be a naturist, but it’s just a way of showing really anybody can be one, no matter where you live or what your personal interests are.

It’s also like when people leave a church because they don’t feel welcome as others don’t like something about a person. Not just churches, but schools too, or anyplace really where somebody can face rejection. And the more people reject simple nudists/naturists and automatically link nudity to sex/perversion, the less mentally healthy we will be in the long run. So if you come to think of it, we would be a healthier, happier world if we better respected each other for our differences and love each other for the person we are inside with interests and feelings. Now I know I’m not perfect, there are things I disagree on too, but in the end I try to do my part not to reject people from my life just because they happen to be different from me, especially as there just aren’t a lot of people quite like myself in the nudist world, at least not that I’ve commonly met.

Looking on it all, I also think back to a couple weeks ago as I was watching one of my favorite Christmas comedies, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, as the McAllisters make their way to New York City to find Kevin after he got on the wrong plane. So his mom Kate runs off to find a cop and tells him she needs to find her son, and asks what he’d do. He says, “Put yourself in your kids’ shoes. Where would you go, what would you do?” And Kate answers she’d be probably “lying dead in a gutter somewhere”, but Kevin’s much stronger and braver than she is. That’s the one thing—I feel like a lot of the time, we adults worry way more than we really should, I know I do.

And linking that back to the world of naturism and simple nudity, seeing an innocent child nude and not making an uproar about it is equal to that of an innocent adult simply nude. Like I’ve said before, we can learn a lot from children, kids don’t worry near as much—and when it comes to naturism, we shouldn’t have to worry either. Just be happy and find that inner child in your heart. If the problem with nudity comes from our minds, we can reverse our thinking and realize a simply naked body is simply a natural, normal thing, with body parts each with a function and shouldn’t have to be censored or outlawed just because of a bad apple or two. If we continue to fight for our rights as naturists, we can help the world see nudity is OK, and maybe we can be better accepted and bring new people into the wonderful world of naturism.

‘Til then, friends, have a great December and Merry Naked Christmas, if I don’t talk to you before then.

Best to all,
David B

Good Naked Morning: December Update

Good naked morning everybody!

I know, it’s been quite a while since I’ve written, it’s just becoming a busy month at work, especially as one of my co-workers just literally quit on account of stress and misunderstandings, and now I have to sacrifice some of my filming assignments just so I can get by without overloading myself. With local Christmas programs and events, December elk season here in Northern Michigan and local high school sports, it’s going to be one of the busiest months I’ve had yet. I was shocked when I got the text from her last night, and it’s been hard trying to wrap my head around this, but I feel the right thing for me is to turn down filming some things and thin up my load, as much as I hate to.

But I do need some room to breathe, just some time to get away from the office and meditate. Because of work and other commitments, I also haven’t had much time to be involved with naturism lately, but don’t worry friends, I’m still here, I still plan on being involved with naturism, just right now in my life I’m just so busy—not just work, but I also happen to be active in my church, plus I also hunt, so forgive me if you don’t see as many blogs, but as the new year comes in and things start winding down again I’ll have more time to be active on my social media again. I’ve really come to appreciate free time I get, and the times I get to spend with my fellow naturists, as well as my church family. It’s always good to have a strong support system when you’re feeling down and stressed, like I’ve been feeling lately.

Friends, I hope y’all have a wonderful December, the holiday season’s come up on us, I hope you have a great Christmas or whatever other December occasions you may be celebrating. I hope you can spend some time with the ones you love—I know I will, despite how busy I’ll be, I’m going to a Christmas party tomorrow for my church group, today’s our community Christmas fireworks, and I’m looking forward to all the Christmas movies to watch and music to listen to. If I don’t get to write before Christmas, I hope y’all have a great one. Plus, I’ll still keep up with my social media when I get the chance, bear with me. But I truly hope y’all have a great day, and #NudeOn!

Best to you,
David B

Good Naked Morning: Birthday Morning in My Birthday Suit

Good naked morning, everybody!

It’s another very special morning for me because today happens to also be my 27th birthday, and it’s a joy to be able to write to y’all this morning in my birthday suit. It also happens to be a great weekend because I was finally able to get a day off work yesterday so I could drive down to visit my folks for the weekend. As much as my mother still doesn’t understand naturism (and it’s still very hard to explain to her, and because of that I’m always dressed around her), I love my parents and am glad to spend some time back in my childhood home.

It’s still hard for me to explain to my mom about my life, because the big thing she fears I will never settle down with the right girl and see her grandkids, and she doesn’t understand that I still have things I want to do with my life before I’m ready to settle down. Because of that, she thinks I purposely am not trying, which is absolutely untrue. And when I told my parents I was going to my regular club for Labor Day, my mom wonders why if I have the money and time to go be around “naked people with everything hanging out”, in addition to being involved with my church and another Christian ministry group I belong to, why I can’t date? What my mom doesn’t understand is yes I am interested in dating, where I am with the time and small amount of money I have, and in a small town where there just aren’t as many free single women, it’s not that easy, and I still, as I said before, have things I still want to do before I really get serious on settling down, which I plan to do, I’m just not ready at the moment. My dad’s a lot more lenient, and tells me not to worry about it, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Big thing, not everyone’s going to understand your life, but don’t let that you hinder yourself from living it.

So friends, I know it’s not a long rant, and I’m going to be clothed for much of the rest of the weekend, but I wanted to at least say a hello to y’all and wish you all the best, especially as I blog on my 27th birthday in my birthday suit.

Have a great weekend y’all, and #NudeOn!

David B

A life changing decision. What does that mean for BareThoughts? #ChannelUpdate

Wishin’ the best for you and the family!

Good Naked Morning: 3 Years Now and Looking Back on the Year

Good naked morning, friends! This is a very special good naked morning because it happens to be coming on my 3rd anniversary of this blog this week, and my 3rd anniversary of officially declaring myself a nudist/naturist.

It’s been quite a year—my second at my job, unfortunately I haven’t been able to blog as much as I used to, and I have been under a lot of anxiety at work lately with projects and misunderstandings with my bosses. But naturism has helped me with finding relaxation and helping reduce my stress.

Within the last three years, going through all the blog posts I’ve written, I find it amazing how much I have grown as a person and as a naturist. When I started out as a nudist after really coming to accept myself working as an art model during my college years, I had no idea I’d become as involved as I have, and I have met so many great fellow naturists near and far. Starting on social media—then last year, fortunately able to finally join AANR and go to a naturist club and making a bunch of new friends. This year, unfortunately, I haven’t been as fortunate to get to my club because of work, and when I did, weather somehow had to conflict—the temperature going down, raining, or just not enough people to play water volleyball in the club pool. One thing I’m glad about was that this last Christmas, I was able to get a newer vehicle to replace my old one that, at 10 years old, was going on the fritz—the computer sensors were out of whack, my Service Engine Soon light would keep coming on and going off at the weirdest times, and then there were times when the ignition wouldn’t start. The last time I took that old car down to Ann Arbor to see my naturist friends down there last year, the wheel bearings gave out and it was a good $800 dollars of my saved-up stipend money to get fixed. Now that I have a more dependable newer SUV, I was fortunate to go down to Detroit earlier this year to see my Detroit/Ann Arbor area naturist friends at their midwinter meet-and-greet, and am hoping to be invited back again this coming winter.

I’m hoping that this coming year I can have some better luck with being more sociable in the naturist realm. With my busy work schedule and numerous expenses, it hasn’t been easy getting out there. But I’m keeping my spirits up, because tomorrow is another day, and next year is a new year with so many possibilities ahead. It’s like in the story of Cinderella—no matter how much Cinderella got pushed around, abused and humiliated by her jealous step-family, she continued to remain positive about every new dawn as someday her dreams of happiness would someday come. I’ll say the same about this past year—like I said, it hasn’t been easy to spend time with fellow naturists, but this next year I’m sure things will turn out better if I really believe they will and continue to remain positive about what the future will bring.

Have a good day, friends—and keep your eye out as I share some of my favorite posts throughout the last three years I’ve been writing on Twitter and in the FB group. And even though I don’t go by Buck anymore, I still love the freedom of being nude and still remain dedicated to spreading the positive message about naturism, simple nudity and body acceptance.

#NudeOn friends, and have a great day, and a great week!

David B

The irony with textile colonies | The Naturist Page

Very true words!

The Naturist Page

mom-covering-sons-eyes[1]22894162_1731359473549725_4429315740284814622_n[1]It’s quite interesting how within the textile colonies, that it’s ok to sell products by sex appeal. Violence is all over the television with beheadings, people getting their brains shot off; even games promote the same concept.

Yet, a simple display nudity that shows a nipple, butt crack, the penis, vagina on TV or in public — people lose their minds and freak out. in some cases, being barefoot in public people lose their minds.

It’s time for people to rethink the very way you were brainwashed and re-train your track of mind for at least just one second before skipping the rest of this article.

Simple nudity in a non-sexual manner isn’t sexual. Nudity is nudity and sex is sex. They are two different things. Nudity only becomes sexual if you make it so. I am not saying that Naturists do not have sex. Of course we do. There…

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Good Naked Morning: In a World of Manmade Artifices, Have We Lost Touch with our Roots?

Hey, good naked morning, friends!

So I’ve been thinking lately about advertising I’ve seen on network television lately. You see ads all the time for products that make our world a better place…but are they really? The way people predict the “future” of American urban society seriously makes me want to throw up—back in Back to the Future Part II (from 1989), they predicted 2015 to be a year of flying cars and smart computers that would take place of real people at the office. Well, thank heavens, we haven’t come as far as flying cars being the norm—the majority of our cars are still planted firmly on the ground. But even today, you have computer machines you can put in your home, you know what I’m taking about, in which you can tell them to do things for you—make lists, ask them questions, make them basically do almost everything for you. Have we really made our world a better place with these products like these tech geeks want to make us believe, or have we just made our kind more lazy?

Goodness, I just bought a new vehicle last winter, and I’ve really come to like my backup camera. But I still use my mirrors to make sure too, just as I was taught by my dad as I was starting driver’s training. Or how people who have backup sensors on the back of their cars? Still gotta be able to function if something goes wrong. I’ve really come to enjoy having conveniences on my smartphones (for personal and work), but I try not to be as dependent on them as some. To think, there are a lot of younger people these days who feel they cannot live without them. HAVE WE SERIOUSLY SPOILED OURSELVES THIS FAR THAT WE’VE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF HARD WORK? It’s hard for me to see ads for machines like the Echo or Echo Dot, in which people say, “Do this” or “do that”, and all I want to shout at the TV is “Go do it yourself! Are you really that lazy?”

Yes I’m considered a millennial, because I was born in the early 90s, but it makes me want to puke seeing how much my generation gets stereotyped (at least by urban society), because of common habits a few have spread to numerous others of my generation. A lot of people think of all millennials as being the same, and the way society depicts them just makes it worse. Many think they can’t live without a smartphone, many are too afraid to move away from their parents or to even grow up.

In just the same manner, it seems like more and more throughout the years, younger generations have found so much more access to the sexual world and given in to modest and prudish ways that there are seems to be quite a lot less younger nudists now than there’ve ever been. At a lot of smaller nudist clubs, such as my club up here in Northern Michigan, I’m typically the youngest out of much of the visitors. Most of the people are older people, and of course, just much of my friends in my textile life around my small rural community are quite a bit older than me.

Our clothes-free way of life will never survive if populations of younger nudists continue decreasing. One thing a lot of younger people have a hard time with, because of all the pressure they get from the world around them as they grow up, is how much it isn’t necessary to objectify or stereotype the body. And technology isn’t making things any better—I mean sometimes it can be good, but never push a good thing too far. Technology can have its glitches—you still need to be able to function if technology malfunctions on you, the way I see it, try not to be as dependent on it. The less we depend on artificial things, the happier we can be and the more we can come to respect our roots. When God created man and woman, he said they were very good—and true to Genesis 2, Adam and his wife (Eve) were naked and not ashamed. In a world of nature, no less, not a world of artificial materials, why can’t we make our lives a little simpler?

It makes me think of last night when I was getting pizza at a small pizza joint down the street, this guy still only accepts cash or check—luckily the bank’s right across the street and I got some cash out. But there are lot of people these days who don’t even carry cash on them! That’s what gets me. And worse, a lot of people use their smartphones for stuff that doesn’t even have to do with talking to someone! Sometimes, it would just be great to hang on to the past instead of completely boycotting it.

Just think it over—have we really made the world a better place or have we just gotten lazier-minded? I’d like to get your thoughts. I don’t know, I just feel the world has gotten spoiled by a lot of artificial stuff that too many people have forgotten human roots. In the same regard, people shouldn’t have to fear about nudity or to see others simply naked for a non-sexual reason. It’s something to think about—of course everybody’s different, people have different ways of simplifying their lives too, I’d like to hear your thoughts on what we can do to help make the world a better place and in turn, help people better appreciate themselves instead of objectifying their bodies or body parts into something that’s forbidden. Or nature, things that man did not have to make, but have been here from the day God put them on this Earth. There must be a balance.

Well friends, I hope y’all have a great day—hope you enjoy the rest of your Saturday, and #NudeOn!

David B

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