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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Baring It All...The History and Antics


Looking back, I do see a stream of latent tendencies of exhibitionism. Well, that, in addition to having the slightest edge of show-off in me. So, this Aussie friend and this Canadian friend have me thinking (something I try to do as little of as possible...it's highly overrated). Where, and when, did my enjoyment of being naked begin? It's only been in the last ten years that I've actually began really being comfortable with myself and my body. And only in that time that I've acquired a penchant for going to the nude beach (summer only, considering shrinkage concerns). My hubby and a friend took me to Rooster Rock in the summer of 1998. So, I really blame them for the creation of this enjoyment. And I wrote about it back in the spring. Since then, I've added Sauvie Island to my list of enjoyable places to spend summer afternoons. And I'm hoping to add Wreck Beach to the mix sometime soon. Before that time, I was a frightened, shy-to-be-naked guy. But introspection has gotten the best of me and I've tried to delve as far back into my childhood as I can to examine my moments of early indiscretions. One of the earliest was when we had a babysitter over when I was maybe 8-10 years old. Inevitably, they were young, cute, impressionable females. I thought it sort of fun if I turned off the electricity to the whole house at the main switch box, stripped down nude, turned the power back on after the screaming started, and then (the good part) I would come running out, jumping around naked. She'd cover her eyes and squeal like a pig. Not pretty. For her. But hilarious for me.


Another of my earliest times of impropriety was around age six with my school friend, Wes, in his mother's bathroom over in the poor people's trailer park. We'd strip, pee in front of each other, do a little touchy-feely, and that was it. Age ten brought me to the many nights I'd spend at my friend Mike's house. He wasn't shy at all, which I admired. So he would shower in front of me causing my young, influencable mind giant leaps of hormonal imbalance. And what about the men's room at Hillside Junior High where I lived to catch a glimpse of my school mates in action. Horrors! Or on church retreats trying to check out the developing bodys of my friends Joel or Randy. Things were Biblically heating up.



We had a large yard, about an acre, with a fenced-off area in the back. We'd play out there for hours. But when I was alone, I'd make sure no one was lookin and then drop my pants to my ankles, relieve myself out in the open, and think I was being ultra uber bad. Not long after, my mother tried to whip me with the nearest thing she could find which happened to be a full-sized 8-foot long 2x4 board. And boy did I need it! I had really been bad this time. I almost even am embarrassed to tell you (oh, who am I kidding..no I'm not). I had been caught with my trousers unzipped and trying to take a leak through a hole in the fence onto the back of my buddy. I don't recommend this antic until it's consensual. My mom nearly killed me swinging that board at my ass. But as soon as I started to develop, and puberty reared its ugly head, my brother found, and announced to all within earshot range, that he had seen a lone black hair under my left arm. That did it. From that moment on, I was in lock down mode. No one saw me with my clothes off. I was shy, closeted, and scared to be seen. And that horrible phase lasted a long, long time -- clear into adulthood. It was only after I had come out and began to discover who I really was that I began to develop my more healthy desire to be naked. I love the nude beach. The sun, the breeze, the friends and good times. And I really enjoy being alone there. The quietness of the river, sand, trees. It doesn't get much better. I still don't think that I'd want to take it all off for my parents, brother or sister today -- but it wouldn't' bother me as much as it'd bother them. I think the stigma has been removed. The scariness that someone would actually see me for who I am. Now, it just doesn't matter. It's a blast, a lot of freedom, to allow yourself to develop, in all areas, to a more secure adult than you were in the past. So, take it all off! I guarantee a whole new added dimension to your life.

26 comments:

Nude Canadian Boy said...

so can HNT be more than body? but be soul too?

I do find it as liberating to bare my soul as bare my body

HHNT

Lewis said...

Absolutely! The baring of the soul is completely liberating. They go hand in hand!

David said...

I'd been fascinated with being naked since grade school. As soon as I had access to a pair of wheels, I was down at the nude beach I had researched years prior. Don't know why. I've always had body issues, but that never stopped me from wanting to strip.

Ryan said...

oh honey nudity in my house growing up was all over. my parents was the type that never hide anything we as kids were even allowed 2 run around the house naked most of the time. even in teenage years i know people think eww your mom seen u naked as a teen hell last time i was home mom seen me naked and im 20 we still dont hide our bodies. now the boyfriend he is a different story. being naked is normal 4 me and i enjoy it very much! we bloggers that blog together should do some kind of hnt ourself just 4 us like maybe start a blog and once a week one person post a body part and we take turns or something let me what u think.

kisses & love!

Laurie said...

LEWIS! Ryans teasing me with being
naked! Now you are too! This isn't
fair!
I used to be hard to get clothes on. That's when my body was 40 lbs
lighter and about 20 years younger.
Now, the only way I look good naked
is with clothes on.

(send some pics :D j/k)
Glad you're comfortable naked. I
think that is a good thing to be.

Sorted Lives said...

Nekkidness is something we Americans really shy away from. I, like you, was raised it was not healthy. As I have grown, my views are very different.

You know, there is a nude beach not too far on the coast. LOL Let's make sure we don't take MaryEllen -- I mean, you know what she looks like with clothes on --- even scarier with them off. Not that I know -- GOD KNOW!! I'm just sayin!

A-list said...

Thanks for the comment. There is a nude party once of month in the city. Feel free to stop by!

Lemuel said...

I like to be naked - if I'm alone or with a bf where it is safe to be so. I confess I am not comfortable being so with others since nearly everyone "outranks" me in most every way.

Breenlantern said...

You can come be naked at our house ANYTIME!!!! (And I'll join you!) We indulged our nudist desires for the first time last summer at a gay men only camp and now I can't wait for the opportunity to go neekid again. Woohoo!

Victor said...

I don't recall any tendencies towards nudity as a child or teenager although my father was an avid attender at nude beaches. It was only after I started to visit nude beaches (not with my father, lol)that I also developed an interest in naturism and now I quite often go about nude at home. I don't go to the beaches much anymore because now I find the Australian sun too strong. Unfortunately after years of naturism, my father died from melanoma (skin cancer.)

Billy said...

Hubby and I love being nekkid around the house, in winter cuddling up together in bed, in our garden around the pool... So, me thinks we are cut from the same cloth!

Have a pretty weekend rafiki! (Swahili for friend)

dbv said...

next time you hit florida, check out haulover beach in north miami!!!! just WOW is all i can say!! too many hot men and pretty boys, it's hard not to pop a boner!!! ha!!

tornwordo said...

I've only been to the nude beach once. I was the only one among my friends to strip. This irritated me. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Dave2 said...

I'm naked right now as I'm typing this!

Of course, seeing as how I am in an airport lobby, I expect security to be along directly...

Steven said...

It's like an energy release. Then there's the re-establishment of a "comfort level" or innocence.

Atari_Age said...

Hmm... It took me almost thirty years to be comfortable even taking my shirt off - mainly due to my dislike of myself body-wise (overweight child syndrome, I guess). Now, I'm reasonably comfortable with that, even with just wearing small shorts or something.

But totally buck naked seems bizzare to me. I just assume if I'm totally nude, I'm either about to shower or have sex. So the idea of being nude at a beach has always been a strange concept.

Durand said...

Okay, this one made me laugh. You'll be happy to know my 'developing body' has now developed. I think as an artist nudity is such a natural part of life (and work)I don't really give it much thought these days. The human body is a beautiful thing, in all shapes and sizes.

Brettcajun said...

You geaux boy! Show 'em what God gave you! Humans are the ones that invented "clothes". I say we lose the prudeness and get jiggy with it! :)

CJ said...

I have never been to a nude beach but have been skinny dipping plenty of times. I love being naked around the house. Not so much since I got dogs though or when I fry bacon.

Spamouflage said...

I am very uncomfortable with nudity. Too bad, my mom and dad really tried to make me come out of my shell but no sir, I'm a prude guy.

Ur-spo said...

fun post!
I have a reputation for 'dropping trou' as they say. It feels nice to have no shame of the body.

WAT said...

I think I would be a bit more comfortable if I gained some 20 more wel-distributed lbs. I feel way too think right now, even tho most of mee lovers say I have a beautiful bod.

Somehow I don't think they're really looking at my bod though, just the third leg.

MEN ARE PIGS.

WAT said...

I meant:

"I feel way too thin right now..."

christopherc said...

I'm afraid I grew up in an ultra conservative home that would cast anyone into the pit of hell for even thinking about being naked; or homo-thoughts for that matter. So being naked around people, or urinating around others is a total foreign concept for my mind.

However, I have overcome some aspects of my childhood religiosity. I went on a tear in University for public sex... tennis courts, library, the ice rink (oh my, the memories with the hockey team!!) and hiking out on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I'm not certain how comfortable I could make myself at a nude beach though, although I would be down with trying it out... especially if there were orgies with you, Ryan, Brenton, A-list, Atri, et al.

[LOL]

I'm glad I finally got time to catch up on reading, I've missed your posts like this one... talk to you soon!
-c

Timmy said...

I like brettcajun's idea! ;-)

My issues with nudity go back to my childhood when I was fat and pale. I've come a long way but still not totally comfortable in the locker room without a towel.

D-Man said...

Awww, I think you should do the lights-out thingy with the neighbors. I think it would still be fun.