In my last post, I expanded on Linda Weber's idea around RESPECT as a key element in the naturist philosophy. The last letter “T” stands for “Tell your story”. Are you sitting comfortably? As a child of about age 7 or 8, I recall one summer walking through the sand dunes close to the holiday home we were staying in, coming across a couple sunbathing naked. As a small child, I had no real concept of sex, so it was possible that they may have been naked in the dunes for other reasons, but as they surely heard me well before I walked past them, there was plenty of time for them to assume a nonchalant pose of relaxing in the sun. I quickly moved on to save us all from embarrassment, but the image of those people lying in the sun has stayed with me.
Thank you for your story. The living for yourself is what I learned from making a very informed decision to be a naturist. It is slowly but surely opening me. I am 80 with many years of being in service to others…spiritual director, retreat master, RC priest. Now, this opening is a release from all the facts of life we hold as necessary truth. I sense freedom around every door. You are a kindred soul.
Wonderful story Steve. So glad you found happiness and can be yourself at last.