The World of Nude Recreation As Told By You
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First-Time Nudist Experience
First Nudist Experience with a Friend
I never grew up thinking much of nudism, it just wasn't on my mind. In my mid 20s I discovered how much I enjoyed being naked after I took showers, and would start spending more and more time naked at home. I guess I was a part-time home nudist for a while, which was great.
After a while, I thought I'd like to try social nudism, but I wasn't sure if I had the nerve. Heck, I'd never even been naked in a locker room. Our school just had us change clothes, so down to underwear was about the most exposure I had with others.
After a few years, I finally decided to give it a shot. I had chatted online with plenty of nudists and found another guy my age who lived close to me. One day I drove over to his apartment (hands shaking with the first timer nerves) to meet up. Rang the doorbell, and much to my surprise he answered the front door naked and invited me in. While I was caught off guard (I thought we'd talk a bit in person before nudity), I still thought it was cool and a pretty good ice breaker.
So, I thought to myself "when in Rome" and within about 30 seconds of meeting, I had stripped down in his front hallway! It was just like ripping off a band-aid! Of course it was a much more freeing and liberating experience than taking off a band-aid. Much to my surprise, I wasn't embarrassed or shy to be standing there naked in front of a complete stranger. It was exhilarating.
We hung out for a few hours, talked about nudism, watched TV, played cards (not strip poker, of course). It was a great experience and I'm glad I finally gave it a shot after all those years.
That was about 5-6 years ago and I'm still participating in social nudism - whether it's at a friend's house or at a nude beach or resort. Glad I finally gave it that first shot and never looked back!
I always knew I was a nudist
Even at a very young age, I enjoyed being nude. I had two other brothers growing up so I found it hard to have any privacy to be nude. My parents had over 6 acres of land and on a hot sunny day I would go off by myself and strip off all my clothes and lay in the sun.
As I got older and moved out on my own, I started to sleep naked; nothing is more relaxing than that to get a good night's sleep. On the weekends, if I was not going anywhere I would be naked around the house for the whole day and do whatever.
Six years ago I finally decided to go to my first nude beach located at Playalinda Beach. It didn't take myself very long to be naked like everyone else. For the next four years I kept going back once or twice a year. My only regret is that I didn't go sooner. This past September I finally ran my first nude 5k race at cypress cove. I enjoyed so much that I have signed up for two races this year.
Today, whenever I can I am always naked in my home or at a nudist resort being free of clothes and worries; there is nothing like it.
Naturism Takes Flight
Sometimes, I will jokingly comment that I owe my thanks and my love for naturism to my employer. You see, I work in the airline travel industry as a flight crew member. Back in the day when airlines offered onboard magazines as an amenity for flying customers, I was nonchalantly thumbing through the pages of one of the publications entitled "Outside."
It offers its readers information and advice about outdoor recreational sports equipment and travel. One of the pages of this particular issue included a colorful pictorial advertisement for Lee Baxandall's, "World Guide To Nude Beaches & Recreation". The name of Lee Baxandall will be recognized by any seasoned naturist or nudist alike (of which I was neither at the time). Lee first took up the activity of naturism in Wisconsin as an Eagle Scout. Later, in 1980, he became the founding member of The Naturist Society. He is also an inductee into AANR's Nudist Hall of Fame. But I digress. His premier guide to nudism in natural settings peaked my curiosity. With pen & paper, I jotted down the address of where to order my copy of this exhausted list of locations where one can vacation, camp, swim and socialize without wearing a single stitch of fabric. A few weeks prior to my encounter with Mr. Baxandall's guide, I had organized an upcoming week of vacation alone in beautiful Maui, Hawaii. After receiving my copy in the mail, I immediately turned to the section of nudist beaches located in the Aloha State and discovered "Little Beach". When it was time to board my flight for Maui (this time as a regular joe and not a working crew member), I anxiously anticipated the moment I would finally experience an entire week on the sand and by the ocean wearing nothing but my skin and a smile. That first anticipated 'bare' moment has now come and gone. And my recollection of it brings many descriptive words to mind: natural, liberating, freeing, exuberating, sensual yet non-sexual, energizing, rejuvenating and so much more. And for me, the 'so-much-more' includes spiritual reconnection. I believe my nakedness does not belong to me, but rather to Creation. NAKED is how I was 'created' and brought into the world. THAT, within itself, makes it spiritual in nature for me. It makes it a good thing, healthy and pure; nothing to be ashamed of nor to hide. Instead, I see my nakedness as something to embrace and to be lived. I want to allow it to breathe my existence. In my view, to deny my nakedness is to denounce my Creator's creation. I do not want to silence that breath. It's a gift. I want it to flourish. I want it to grow. And in doing so, I express my sincerest form of gratitude to the "Giver" of that gift; oh, and gratitude to my employer for stocking that magazine on the plane. And for granting me the coveted perk of air travel. It's the perfect means by which to discover and experience more of this beautiful planet's Au-Naturel destinations. Today, I still love flying high Au-Naturel!
Long Time Nudist
When I was still a child I always felt good when I was nude, so I would always make sure I had to walk to the bathroom to take a bath and back to my room nude. When I turned 8 years old I started sleeping nude and would sit around or lay on my bed in my room nude all the time, and when no one was home, I would always be nude in other parts of my house.
When I turned 12 years old I had a friend and streaking was a big craze then, so we would streak every chance we got. Unfortunately my family would never have agreed for me to be a nudist, so I could not tell them, nor be nude in front of them.
When I moved into my own house I was nude all the time. I always tried to persuade my girlfriends that they would like being a nudist but most would not try it, and the ones that tried it did not like it, but I always continued being nude all the time because it is the only way I want to be.
Before I got married my fiancée knew I was a nudist and would continue to be a nudist after we were married, and after 25 years of marriage she knows I will always be a nudist.
She is not a nudist. As well, my children are not nudist. Lucky for me my family understands being nude is the way I am comfortable, and don't mind that I am always nude. I always loved being nude, and always will.
I have been a nudist for 49 years and no way I would ever change.
Buffalo, New York
Breaking Down Barriers
On a recent trip to a Florida beach resort, while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, the incredible urge to be naked in the water was too much to suppress. I found myself out beyond any other swimmers and removed my trunks. I stayed there for what seemed like hours enjoying the feel of the water and a freedom like I have never experienced before.
I am a 51 year old male and never would have thought to do something like that in a private pool let alone the Gulf. The exhilaration I felt left an indelible image of the freedom and sense of one with nature that I want to continue.
Upon returning home I immediately joined AANR and am actively seeking a local resort to visit. It will be my first "official" exposure (no pun intended) to a naturist environment and I welcome any suggestions.
Thank you for opening up a new chapter in my life.