World Naked Gardening Day

It happened again last Sunday. May 1st.

Too bad for many people that the weather in many places was too cold (northerly wind and a lack of sunshine) but on Twitter I saw lots of brave ones going outside and looking after plants, trees, gardens and what not.

What I found interesting this year was, that on Twitter there was an actual Dutch hashtag to follow. #naakttuinierendag.

Of course there were lots of folks tagging along just looking for images of naked people, making weird, dumb and nasty comments and displaying a general ignorance of what the day is actually about.

I don’t have a garden. I don’t do gardening, which is usually safer for anything resembling plant life. But I do admire the people who do that. Who seem to understand what it is that plants need, in whatever form or manner. Believe me, when I tend to weeds, they will wither and die. It’s probably the only thing I’m good at. 😉

Wil Kemp and Melanie Meaglia naked gardening
(From Yahoo Australia)

Power to all who did their best to make the world or their garden a bit nicer last Sunday. May they do it again and again. Perhaps, someday soon, on more days than just the one semi-official day in the year.

I worked so hard for this body

It is what I read in a tweet a while ago. A lady was very proud of her figure, and with reason. She looked fit and all that. The tweet, however, didn’t end there. The whole tweet was:

I worked so hard for this body that I am allowed to wrap it up nicely.

Yes. She was wearing clothes that she liked. Nothing wrong with that, I say, but…

Why do you feel the need to wrap it up?

Random internet image

Why hide your body from the world if you’re proud of it?

Okay, stop, hold your horses, we all know why. Because haters will hate, because the perverts will be perverts and the porn industry… argh.

But the question remains: when you are proud of something, why do you feel you should hide it beneath something nice?

People can be so weird, and the ‘modern world’, which I complained about so often before, is the reason for that. It’s that corrupted, twisted concept of freedom that reigns. Yes, you are free, you have all the freedom you want, as long as you move inside the constraints we impose on you. And those constraints shift and move closer all the time, I sometimes think.

Worst of all: most people don’t even notice it.

They don’t seem to see that this is happening, while we naturists, nudists, clothes-free-o-philes and what now are struggling to be who we want to be when we want to be.

It’s a strange place, this world, and it keeps getting stranger…

Equatorial Guinea body painting festival.

Body painting never fails to impress me. I’ve been at a festival where a few people were painted. It’s impressive to see how the human skin transforms into something amazing; a walking canvas, an animal or a part of nature.

You may know that “we” were not the first people to do that. Indigenous people from many parts of the world took to painting their skin long ago. A few days ago, on Twitter, I found some images from the equatorial Guinea body painting festival and I thought to share those with you.

Contrary to the old days, these people do ‘comply’ to the ‘laws of decency’ so they aren’t entirely naked.

In the old days, hunters would colour their body with natural dyes to camouflage themselves in the forest in order to hunt animals.

The hunting tradition has ended, but the body painting is continued as a festival of colours.

Seeing the colours that are used in the festival, it’s obvious that they are no longer related to hunting. The vibrant colours, like sported by the lady below, are certainly not for camouflage, but they depict more the joy of life and, clearly, the amazing possibilities of the human canvas!

We should have more possibilities and options to decorate ourselves this way when the weather allows for it. Textiles can dress in the most radiating colours. We naturists should be able to carry ourselves in a similar, colourful “fashion”. (Pun intended!)

Longing for fairy land

Yes. I long for fairy land. Especially the area where a specific emperor lives.

Did you think of that one too?

I’d visit that emperor and convince him that this was the way to go. That everyone in his country should dress like this when it’s possible, weather-wise.

It’s a dream, I know, but I cherish it. Freedom for all, not having to cover up when you don’t want to. To be accepted the way you are, with the emperor in the lead. Literally, like in the above image.

Last evening I assembled a new desk. It’s a big, heavy thing from Ikea. Guess what I wore, doing that. Indeed. I wore the emperor’s clothes. If it’s fit for royalty, it’s fine for me as well.

Time and again I am so aware of how much easier it is to move around naked, to squat down and tighten a screw, to bend down and pick something up. No fabric that gets in the way, squeezes or is just plain old uncomfortable. Nothing like that. And nothing that held back the heat from my body – because putting together an Ikea desk is a warm job. The box said to do it with 2 people. This was where my split personality came in handy, by the way.

This, by the way, is the new desk.

Truly, that emperor should have stuck to his naked guns and he should have made going nude an official thing.

Simply because it’s the best thing.

Naturism away from nature

Yes. That sounds weird. Still, we do it. Maybe not all of us, but many. I’m convinced of that.

nude, having coffee

When we’re inside, out of our clothes, we’re still practising naturism. In the wintertime that’s usually the way I manifest the lifestyle, anyway. I know there are people who are braver than I am, and they go out into the cold no matter what.

My idea for that is: “Go ahead, have your fun while I have mine.”

If nature chases us inside, there’s no harm in saying you’re in your naturist attire when you’re naked. Being inside where it’s warm is in our ‘nature’, right?

I find it interesting to see how flexible ‘naturism’ is as a term and way of life. It can mean you want/need to be outside, in nature, but it can also be you’re in a natural (naked) state.

Of course, there are those who claim that, once you’re naked inside, you’re a nudist, not a naturist, but that’s a word-feud that will rage on as long as there are naked people, I’m sure, so I’m not going there.

I, for one, am happy with this arrangement. Especially since there is no one around that could give me any cr@p about being naked. My neighbours can’t see me so that’s fine. I’m on the 4th floor (5th for Americans 😀 ) , so people in the street aren’t bothered either.

How away from nature can you take your naturism?

Do you ‘online’ more?

With the pandemic not giving up so easily, I wonder: do you do more stuff online than you did before?

If you’re like me, the answer’s yes. Work mostly takes place online in my profession anyway, so I can do that anywhere with a decent internet connection.

Is she dressed of nude? No one can tell without a camera.

A huge benefit of that is that, unlike most offices, I don’t need to wear the amount of clothes that ‘society’ requires. That’s a good thing.

Video conferencing? A shirt will do – but take care when walking away with the camera on. LOL!

But entertainment also moved online a lot. For me, the fact that it’s “winter” also helps with that. I love morning walks, but not when it’s cold. Wind and rain comes down by the buckets very often, so walks are off for me. Call me a wimp. I don’t care.

Naked online yoga or Pilates are great things too. Moving around to places is a no-no, so sites like NakedInMotion provide a good alternative. Also DoriaYoga from London might be interesting for the folks in Europe, to avoid time zone issues.

With the lockdown continuing, I hope everyone is doing their best to stay fit in a way that works for you. I’m constantly looking for new ways, fun ways, and good ways to exercise, while I do try to stick with my usual set of exercises that – I think – work for me.

Maybe there’s a specific kind of workout you like and you can’t find a nude version online. I bet that happens a lot. My tip for that would be: follow the clothed version and do it nude when you’re not required to use a webcam. It’s as simple as that. People who complain that the instructor should be nude as well have the wrong mindset, in my eyes. It’s about the exercise, not the fact that you can look at nude people. There are other websites for that.

Keep yourself going, nude friends. Move as much as you can. Find exercises you can do anywhere. Simple tools like milk jugs filled with some water as weights or dumbbells can make it a cheap experience as well. Just know what you’re doing; don’t get hurt trying to stay in shape!

Stoicism and nudity

Last week I ran into a wonderful quote from Seneca:

Let us get used to dining out without the crowds, to being a slave to fewer slaves, to getting clothes only for their real purpose, and to living in more modest quarters. – Seneca

Seneca

I got you at the ‘clothes only for their real purpose’, didn’t I?

If not, let me tell you that this was the part that stood out to me.

Many people have either not heard of stoics or they have the wrong idea about them. Stoics were not people who never had any fun. Those are doomsday-thinkers who only stare into some dark abyss.

Stoics understood (and still understand) that everything ends, and that you should enjoy and accept what you can while it happens. It will end. If you frantically hunt down all the fun you can, as if your life depends on it, and suddenly there is no fun, then your life will come crashing down. That’s not good.

That’s what modern society seems to be all about, for decades. We want and need more and more. Two cars, three fridges, another house, a fifth mortgage. Okay, that last part isn’t so much fun, but you get the picture.

I think that goes with nudism, naturism, clothes-freeism, whateverism in that respect as well.

Be nude if you can. Wear clothes if you need them. Summer will end, so clothes come into view. Winter will end, so nudity comes back. There’s no use in crying over a lost summer or the coming of the cold: that won’t change things. It happens.

Nude beach

The more you have, the more you can lose. Don’t lose the freedom to choose wisely. Take what you can, without being unjust or greedy. Be happy with what you can have.

Like having a good, nude time as much as you can.

Children and nudity

Ouch… Children. Difficult topic! Sensitive issue!

But not for naturists.

Who doesn’t know this kind of image? A young child, having fun at the beach. And, indeed, not wearing a swimsuit.

I’m sure we’ve all seen this once or twice in our lives.

And why is there this switch in many people’s mind that tells them to put something on the body of their child at an uncertain age? Uncertain because this age seems to differ from parent to parent.

We all know that nudity is normal. At least, we should know that. It is how we and all other living creatures come into this world. No clothes, no nothing.

Sunday Noon Nudist
Mother and child

As I was thinking about this, I went out onto the world wide web to find out what that thought of this. The results weren’t surprising…

Your Kids Table“: When kids have sensory issues with clothing it can be overwhelming, confusing, and exhausting.

Hmm. That says something, doesn’t it? Hardly surprising, because clothing isn’t natural. It can be necessary, but that’s something else.

Today’s Parent“: “Children ages three to five are learning to dress and undress themselves, and often enjoy this independence and the feeling of being naked. Taking off their clothes may also be a way to protest, or to seek attention.”

The feeling of being naked. Well, if that doesn’t ring some bells…

And then there’s this question on Quora.com: Is it normal for my child to hate wearing clothes?

The top answer here is seriously sensible:

It’s perfectly normal and natural for children to prefer being naked. Any clothing is less comfortable than not wearing clothing, and other than to stay warm when it’s cold out, they don’t understand why they should have to wear it.

Most kids gradually give into their parents demands that they get and stay covered up, but sometimes takes years before they’re fully conditioned to be ashamed and embarrassed of themselves when they’re not wearing clothes. Not that it’s a good thing that they should ever think of themselves that way, but that’s the result.

Each child is different. Most kids will happily stay naked when you let them be naked, and personally, I believe there’s a lot more to be gained down the road by letting them be naked as often as possible unless there’s a reason they have to be clothed (out of the house or when guests come to visit).

It’s nice in our case to have happy naked grand-kids to remind us of how our kids and how we felt about wearing clothes at their age.

Rick Orlando, Father of two now grown kids.
Mother and child

Clothes protect us from the cold, from getting hurt and even from sunburns if there are no other options, but seriously… stubbing the full human sensory experience for the ‘sake’ of this clothing fetish that goes around… isn’t that taking things a lot too far?

Fitness!

Yes, we’re going to get fit in this article. Or at least, I’m going to write about it, and how to do it in our preferred lack of attire.

Last Saturday on Twitter, Florida Free Beaches (@BeachesFree) posted a bunch of links to a site called AdultFitness.com.

With Covid still keeping many of us in the house and therefore away from proper fitness facilities, that seemed a worthwhile subject to dive into.

(Image from adultfitness.com)

The blogpost I read first talks about 3 kinds of reasons for fitness.

  1. At home workouts
  2. Self Growth workouts
  3. Stress Relief workouts.

As we all known, keeping our bodies in some shape is important. Of course, round is a shape too, but perhaps that isn’t the healthiest form. This said, your mileage as well as your body may vary, so I’m not posing absolutes here.

I’ve always been a proponent of nude fitness and activities like hiking.

With hiking out of the realm of options at the moment (definitely with the cold coming in), nude fitness is the way to go.

Adultfitness seems to be an interesting place to check out (I haven’t done that yet). After all, not everyone is an expert on figuring out the right kind of exercises that are good for you. Pulling a muscle is easy, and damaging your body in the long run is something we all should avoid (unless you’re into that kind of thing).

Adultfitness offers a free and a premium option, so that is nice. First give them a free spin and upgrade if you feel like it. (No, I’m not affiliated with them, I don’t get a free premium plan or anything. I’m just pointing out the options, okay? Wait, a free premium plan? 😀 )

The idea of stress releasing exercises sounds good to me. This isn’t an easy time for most of us. Stress builds up as the Covid pandemic creeps along and refuses to go away.

I hope this helps a few people to get their fitness mood on. Stay healthy, everyone.

Autumnal naturism – follow-up

Last week I wrote about heading out to a spa. I did it.

Well, that concludes today’s post.

Hah, almost fooled you, I know. 😉

It was a great day out. They had their COVID-19 measures in place, and no one there seemed to feel in any way unsafe regarding the virus. Kudos to the people who work at Thermen de Berendonk (note: Dutch website).

The weather was perfect for the visit too. It rained almost all day.

Naked woman in the rain

The fact that the temperature wasn’t bad and the wind kept itself to the speed limits as well made this a perfect way to cool down after a sauna stay.

In case you don know: cooling down after a stay inside a sauna is a must. Otherwise your body will overheat, and you’ll feel very bad for a while.

Most entertaining outside were the people who had wrapped themselves in towels and bathrobes, trying to protect themselves from the bit of falling rain beneath the spa-supplied umbrellas. Well, entertaining… it was also pathetic to witness. These same people walk around naked inside, but for some reason fear they get cold / seen / wet outside. I just stuffed my towel in a bag and went into the rain. When else do you get a choice opportunity for that, I ask you?

I had a great day and I hope I can repeat that in the near future. As long as the regulations for COVID-19 allow the place to be open, I’m ready for it.