Young Man Considers Nudism & Asks, Why Get Naked?
Guest Blog by: Daniel Jacobs
I had never given much thought to being a nudist. My girlfriend and I had tossed the idea around a bit, but I’d never taken it too seriously. I’ve never had any great yearning to be nude. More often than not, I wear clothes around the apartment. To be fair, that’s because I get cold. If I’m warm, I take them off.
I had thought about undressing around people when I was a freshman in college, but that was in the context of a party where people are getting drunk and doing crazy things. Things like dancing on tables, making out with complete strangers, and taking their clothes off in front of everyone (yes, those seemed “crazy” to me; my high-school years were not exciting).
For me, the idea of taking off my clothes in front of people was a way of coming out of my shell. I didn’t do it because it was comforting, I did it because it was exciting and, for the people around me, a tad shocking.
However, I’ve always had a boundary. I figured being in your underwear is no different from what you wear at the beach, so that’s no big deal, but I wouldn’t go beyond that.
At the time, it was one of several prudish ideas I had. As I grew older, it became more a matter of simple bashfulness. I had never been naked around anyone I wasn’t having sex with, and the idea can be scary for a first-timer. Like doing karaoke.
I never had any strong desire to be nude, and still don’t, but I also don’t feel any particular aversion to the idea either. Aside from those first-time jitters, I think about the idea and ask, “Why not?”
My body has its imperfections, but those can be seen when I’m in my underwear or a swimsuit as well as when I’m naked. I’ve come to terms with those and am not ashamed. In fact, overall I’m fairly proud of my body.
I simply find myself caring about the issue less and less. It’s not a passion for being naked that draws me to nudism, but ambivalence about being clothed. For some people it may be about a thrill, or a movement, or even some sort of cause, but for me it’s just about being comfortable.