Nudist Pride

I have been a nudist all my life without knowing it. When I was a toddler, my mother would put me out in the backyard and let me play in the nude — not as much laundry to do. Then as our family grew to four siblings and one bathroom it was just easier to leave the doors open and move around our house in the nude. I can remember my mother doing house work in the nude, just because it was too darn hot and most homes didn’t have air conditioning.
So when friends ask us what we did over the weekend, why are we so guarded in how we select what part of our nudist way of life to tell? Now, don’t get me wrong, everyone in my family knows we are nudists and shed our clothes frequently, but very few at work knew. I was a public school teacher for 31 years and felt I needed to keep the nudist part of our family’s life quiet. Would I have lost my job if the district had found out? Probably not, but the fear was there. 
Why are some nudist’s afraid to let others know they like to take their clothes off, and others tell select family and friends, while there are those nudist who shout, “I am a nudist,” from the rooftops? Do I have the answer for you? No I don’t. The answer is in each one of us. You have to be the one to let others know you are a nudist. The easiest way to start is to tell someone you don’t know. How you ask? It’s easy and opportunities create themselves all the time. 
I was in a restaurant in Henderson, Nevada. The restaurant was extremely busy, and because I was by myself, I was seated at the bar. The couple seated next to me was very kind and started a conversation. They asked me why I was in Henderson. I threw caution to the wind, “I am a member of the American Association for Nude Recreation, and we are meeting here at the hotel this weekend.” They asked me a number of questions about clubs and resorts and we talked throughout our meal. That experience was an eye-opener. They were genuinely interested in nude recreation and had a few stories to tell me about their experiences skinny-dipping. Maybe our conversation inspired them to look for a nude beach or resort, but at least, it gave them an experience with a nudist.
Being proud you are a nudist, for some, can be difficult, but with each person you have a conversation, the more accepted nudism will become.

Taken from the AANR Monthly Bulletin, "Across the Board" brings information and thoughts from the Governing Board of AANR to you. The Board values your membership and wants to make sure that it is doing what is right for the members and clubs. The first step is good two-way communication.