“If people twice my age and size can undress and love their bodies, why can’t I do the same?”
As I sat in a parking lot on a cold February night, trying to forget about the nerves to walk inside the athletic club, a man with a shocked face ran out of the building.
“Damn, they’re having some kind of wild party there,” he said, leaning out to the pool area. “It’s a bunch of naked people!”
I started laughing, because in a few minutes, I would become one of the naked people.
My name is Blaine *, and I am a nudist. (Alright, go ahead and say, “Hi Blaine!”)
Obviously, being a nudist is not something that only happens overnight. I am an outgoing woman who loves to chat with people. But frankly, I was used to doing it the conventional way, with clothes on, until that fateful night five years ago, when I joined that nude party at a sports club.
Since my college days, I have been sleeping naked, even in winter. I often hang out naked at home in the buff. I’m generally pretty comfortable with myself. But five years ago, after years of yo-yo dieting, I was at my heaviest weight. I definitely felt self-conscious about my size.
I had what could be called an “Oh fk it!” kind of moment in the months leading up to my birthday that year. I always felt good naked, why couldn’t I feel that way all the time? I braced myself to try nudism as an act of trust and freedom, and started reading about the nudist world. After many searches, I found a nude group in my area that I thought I could try. So a few weeks after my birthday, I wore my birthday outfit to that sports club. Now, five years later this is my clandestine lifestyle.
There are many misconceptions about nudists. People assume it’s all about sex, or that it’s just a bunch of creepy, milky old men. But that has not been my experience at all. In fact, my delightful hobby, accompanied by semi-annual indoor swim parties and summer trips to a nude camp, has transformed my life.
Original publication 17 November, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 26th November 2020
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