Personally I’m a nudist for the simple fact that I feel more comfortable and relaxed when free of the restrictions of clothing. I feel like I am my true self when I am nude. Once I’d tried social nudism I realised that I loved it, the other nudists were themselves too. There were no labels attached to them through what they wore, it didn’t matter where they lived, what they did, they were their natural selves, both physically and mentally. Nor did age, shape, size gender or sexuality matter. Freed of clothing and hiding nothing physically from each other seemed to correspondingly free up their minds. I discovered during some of my earliest social experiences as a nudist that the people I was encountering seemed to have far fewer hangups about discussing matters that I’d only touched on before with people that I’d known for some time previously. Yet here I was talking with people who were fairly new to me about what some may term as very personal topics. This openness in both forms felt to me as being much more real life than skirting around issues the way that ‘polite society’ might.
I’m not saying that all nudists are more open than textiles are, of course there are some in both sectors who are more outgoing or withdrawn, we each have our own personalities. However, in situations such as when I have been making my first visit to a nudist club I have invariably found people there to be more approachable, as well as more into engaging with me than in a similar social situation in the clothed world. It hasn’t been any different whether I’ve gone with my partner, a group of friends or on my own, I’ve always felt welcomed in nudist social settings. For sure people there may have different ideals and interests but our shared love of being naked has seemed to given us a shared starting point that wearing the same brand of shoes, coat or jeans has never replicated! I’ve come away from weekends at nudist events when I know that I’ve made some genuine new friends, much more so than when leaving textile events. Its as if through meeting when we’ve all been nude this has made it easier to do, that might not be the major reason, but I’m convinced that the fact that we were nudists has played its part.
Taking this openness I’ve found through nudism into the wider, predominately textile world can be difficult, there seem to be more hang-ups in wider society. Many nudists will tell you that they’ve become more self-confident through nudism, myself included. I’ve seen newcomers to nudism gain confidence in social settings over time, I’ve then seen them outside of nudist situations and their improved confidence and openness has been carried over. I can’t say that this is all down to nudism but I’m sure that this is an important enabling factor.
The longer I’ve been a nudist the more I’ve appreciated the spirit of openness, honesty and just being upfront that has developed between our circle of close nudist friends. Its not confined to just close nudist friends, or those we see regularly. There are nudists we might not see more than once a year, but we still share these close bonds with them when we do catch up.
There are people I’ve known for a very long time, some were college friends with whom some wonderful times were shared with, but in all honesty I’ve never felt closer to anyone more than with good nudist friends. Its this openness that works for me. For me it is very natural to be nude with friends, its how we all arrived in the world, it feels more honest to socialise as nudists. This is another very good reason for why I am a nudist.