As you oiled your skin this morning or while you were shaving your beards, you must have had a mirror in front of you. You were using the mirror to enhance your presentability at work, school or in your daily encounters in public. You ensured that the reflection you saw on your mirror depicts the best of yourself.
In simple terms, you wanted a sense of modesty and decorum to prevail when you are seen by other people or when you meet people that you know. You also took a shower. As you washed, you made sure that your body has gotten rid of sweat and any other odor. Obviously, you had no clothes on and you must have admired your body. You were looking for faults as you appreciated yourself.
If you were all alone in the house, you probably walked from the bathroom to the dressing room while naked. As you reasoned, all that was normal and as natural as sleep or rest. Yeah it was both normal and natural. Welcome to the nudist club or as you may like it naturists club.
So what is nudism all about?
Nudism is a lifestyle or culture whereby an individual chooses to stay without clothes and perform normal activities while naked. Does this sound weird? No this normal. The lifestyle could be practiced for comfort and recreational purposes, or for health.
The most distinguished characteristic is that such an individual may go on with business as usual and interact freely without any sexual desires. This characteristic is usually misconceived by many people who are not nudists and use it as a basis to stigmatize nudism. Thus nudists try to lay emphasis on the non-sexual aspect by referring themselves as naturists hence the practice is commonly known as naturism.
A nudist will watch a movie with no clothes on, play a video game, prepare a sandwich, bask in the backyard or can as well join others individuals practicing the act in designated nudist areas and socialize. All this is done while naked.
This means that nudism can be practiced in either a private (e.g at home) or a public setting like attending an officially designated public beach for nudists.
Does it mean that you are a nudist when you walked out of the shower naked, and to the dressing room?
You may have enjoyed walking from the shower naked, but that doesn’t qualify you as a nudist. You need to understand that the lifestyle of nudism is practiced with an underlying psychology — there are ideals and perspective common to all nudists.
Basically nudists hold the same ideas as any other person when it comes to public appearance and respect gained from personal presentation and look, but their practiced of nudism is based on satisfaction and freedom derived by such a person being in his/her true self. This means that nudists are as opposed to being defined and judged by what they wear.
There is a reasoning and strong belief among nudists that clothes are used to conceal a person true nature and identity. The likeness of this can be that of a person with an amputated leg but uses a prosthetic leg to conceal the fact that one leg is amputated. Also there is a general belief that clothes are used to define an individual’s status e.g. working class people or business personalities are white-collared.
Whether this is true or not is subjected to debates and opinions but generally for an individual to be termed, as a nudist/naturist there must be ideals held towards nudism lifestyle and one must harbor the perspective to live a comfortable and normal life without attaching one’s worth/status in the society through the wearing of clothes. This doesn’t mean that naturists don’t wear clothes. The do.
They at times wear clothes just like any other person might wear. Unlike them, normal people usually are intimidated, shy and will have their self-esteem completely out of place at the prospect of interacting/blending with people while naked. This means that a non-nudist can’t interact freely while naked; there will be a big barrier for any conversation, social interaction or activity such as nude hiking to take place freely and naturally without the feeling of shame.
Such an individual can only gain confidence of naturally interacting with others while clothed because the clothes give the person another status and identity to prove that he/she is what the society expects him/her to be. The person is simply controlled and influenced by the clothes.
This situation is similar to instances where an individual is forced to sport the latest gadgets which are trending or live in a big mansion, while in reality these resources may be under-utilized and unnecessary to such a person but she/he can’t live comfortably or interact with other people naturally without them due to society pressure.