This is the first post in a series about how and why young adults should become seriously interested in naturism. In this post we’ll cover some of the reasons why the best time to get involved in naturism is before you reach the age of 30. But in the interest of full disclosure, we’ll also cover some of the problems of becoming involved. It’s important to be prepared for the problems so you don’t become discouraged if you encounter them. In the following posts we’ll cover the reasons you should explore naturism and how to successfully become involved.
Disclaimer: I’ve been a naturist for longer than you’ve been alive (if you’re under 30). So you may wonder how what I have to say can be relevant to you. It’s simple: I was an adult under 30 for more than a decade myself. I’ve been there. I already had some idea what naturism was about – but only a little. Before turning 30 I’d never been naked with others who enjoyed the pleasures of social nudity – not at a nude beach, a naturist resort, or even a “naked party”. I certainly wish I’d started earlier – and even more that I understood then how naturism works and how wonderful it is.
There’s nothing particularly special about the age of 30. You might have become interested in naturism at a younger age – perhaps even most of your life if you were raised in a naturist family. If you’re already experienced in naturism, I probably won’t have much to add. However, let’s suppose you’re interested in naturism, but aren’t very clear about how to actually get into it.
Perhaps you’re 30 or older – maybe even by a decade or two. Yet what I have to say could easily be useful to you as well. So don’t take the number 30 too seriously. But the older you get, the more difficult becoming a naturist can be. This is true even though many people don’t become naturists until they’re in their 50s or 60s. Indeed, the fact it takes so long for many people to get into naturism partially explains why so many people you see at nude beaches and naturist resorts are on the older side. But that doesn’t have to be the case, and it would be far better for the social acceptance of naturism if people started a lot earlier – like under 30.
Aspects of the naturist landscape
The first question to consider should be: What is naturism anyhow? This can be answered in various ways. The “official” definition was formulated by the International Naturist Federation: “A way of life in harmony with nature, characterized by the practice of communal nudity, with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment.” That’s certainly a view held in common by many naturists around the world.
But most naturists don’t think it’s exclusively about nature and the environment. Many naturists enjoy nudity only in their own homes. For others the social aspect of nonsexual nudity with others is important. Naturists typically enjoy a wide variety of activities without clothing. The list includes sunbathing and swimming at clothing-optional beaches, using home spas and swimming pools, having naked house parties, visiting naturist parks and resorts, camping and hiking nude, competing naked with others in sports – and just about any other nonsexual activity in which wearing clothes is unnecessary.
It’s not especially important to identify yourself as a “naturist” in order to enjoy naturist activities. You don’t need to accept any labels as long as you enjoy being nonsexually naked by yourself or when socializing with others. What you enjoy doing without clothes is the important thing – not how you categorize yourself.
However, because of outdated attitudes shaped by ancient taboos around nudity that are prevalent in most societies, being able to engage in clothesfree naturist activities is often more difficult than it should be. You need to think about the problems and how they can be dealt with, because they can affect your ability to start enjoying naturism.
If anything, it can actually be easier to get into naturism before you turn 30. That’s because there may be significant problems getting into naturism after the age of 30. So it’s really best to start enjoying naturism as soon as possible. Decide to confront the various problems that society poses for naturism while your youthful optimism is still strong.
Source: Naturistplace Blog
Original publication 10 August, 2021
Posted on NatCorn 17th September 2021
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