It’s heartening to know that many seasoned nudists here were as nervous as I was. I was a little surprised to learn that many nudists are just as nervous as non-nudists would be in a nude situation. Perhaps what makes you a nudist is that the desire to be nude is stronger than the initial embarrassment of being nude.
My first brave act was to strip off on a beach. There are no nude beaches close to me but I found a little cove where people rarely go and tried stripping off there. It was a lovely feeling, but I was constantly worried about being caught. Although a little later I did meet some other people who went nude there.
The next brave thing I did was to take some photos of myself and show a couple of friends. Not in a sleazy way mind you, I just wanted to find out if I looked ok in the nude. I was once offered a job modelling for an art group but I didn’t too that. The idea of being nude in a room full of people was too nerve racking.
After wanting to for many years, I finally found the courage to go to a real nude beach. It took some finding and I was really nervous by the time I got there. This was on new years day so there were lots of people there. But my nerves went away after seeing all the people there being nude and thinking nothing of it. I was still clothed when I walked onto the beach and intended to find a spot before undressing. But it looked so relaxed, that I took my shirt off before I even settled down. When I found a spot to lay my towel, I took the rest of my clothes off and I was surprised how quickly I got used to it. After acclimatizing, I got up and went for a walk, totally nude for everyone to see and it was no big deal at all because everyone was the same. In fact, I felt far more comfortable being naked there that I would feel just taking my shirt off on a regular beach.
I guess the most recent brave thing I did was to upload my nude avatar here. As mentioned, I have shown photos to a couple of friends, but this is the first time I have posted one for all the world to see. I don’t think I’ll leave it up very long so enjoy (if that is the word) it while you can. I don’t think I’ll be using the photo albums feature though – I’m not that brave.