How do you deal with a breakup? Ice cream? Watching horror movies? Writing a list of all the ways your ex was actually human trash?
Rachael Fitzpatrick took a different approach – and we’re big fans.
After breaking up with the man she planned to marry, she made a resolution: to say ‘yes’ to everything.
So began her Yes Year, with the goal of trying new things and taking on any opportunity that came her way.
One of those new things was hiking naked.
Rachael had hiked before, having gone for long strolls in the outback since childhood, but she usually did it with clothes on.
Now she sets off into the wilds every weekend without a scrap of clothing, documenting her naked travels on Instagram.
‘It’s the feeling of total liberation that I love,’ she says. ‘The feeling of being completely free and close to nature – it’s just awesome.
‘Going out into the big wide world and baring yourself totally can be a little daunting at first, but once you’ve gotten over that initial fear it is so rewarding.
‘It really helped me to become more comfortable in my own skin and about who I am – and I know that I’m a much stronger person for it.’
Rachael is now an ambassador for body positivity campaign Get Naked Australia, and credits her naked hiking as a major factor in her confidence.
Original publication 22 January, 2019
Posted on NatCorn 16th April 2021
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