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,