First of all, can I get an amen that the year 2020 has been a shit storm of bad things? I mean, really? My 87 year old grandmother said it was been the worst year shes ever seen. This is coming from a habitual pessimist!! I’m going to speak a bit more freely in this post, so I’m warning you now that the rants will come and go. We as a country and as a world have suffered through so much this year that I’m shocked we aren’t at each others necks more than we are. It’s very shameful the way people have treated each other in general. We’ve had racial hate, massive earthquakes, Australia and California burning like the gates of hell, major viral pandemic, nearly saw World War 3, government lock downs, severe weather records, toilet paper pandemic, food shortages, and to top it off fucking murder hornets! Oh, we can’t forget a Christmas bomb in Nashville, and my life turning to shit by ending a 20 year marriage. If God is listening to us…Can we please have a break?
There is always a silver lining to all the bad events which have taken place this year. I don’t want to downplay any of them because the bad events of 2020 far outweigh the good ones. At least in my book they do. The first thing I want to take a look at is what we have managed to accomplish as a network and community of nudists.
- Normalize Naturism movement started and still continues #normalizenaturism
- Saw an increase in the number of nudist during lockdown
- Utilized technology to ensure we stayed connected as a community
- We now have a nudist/naturist symbol (top right banner of my website)
- We have had a few different nudist be interviewed/featured by big news outlets
- Overall we continue to make forward progress in the acceptance of the naked body
Personally, I have had a few wins this year despite everything else going wrong in the world and my life. These may not necessarily be wins as a nudist, but they are wins for me nonetheless. I truly like to think I am blessed regardless of what has happened or what did not happen. So, here are mine:
- Fully recovered from a server failure. 🙂
- I have started to gain a bit of traction and attention as a nudist blogger
- I’ve had a number of nudist write to me asking to tell their stories
- I was able to get some advice from big bloggers like Naked Wanderings and the Meandering Naturist
- I have spent more time naked this year than any prior years
- I’ve met some new girl friends online who support me and have helped me get through some rough times.
- I have enjoyed getting to know you, my readers, with emails, comments, and other communication. It’s been a blessing.
I’m not looking for 2021 to start out with the best of them. I think we continue the Gong Show well into the year, and there won’t be much changes to our life until the middle of next year. I don’t want to sound like a Debbie Downer, but that is the reality of it all. Yes, we have a vaccine approved for distribution, but there are over 7.8 billion people in the world as of March 2020!! Do you know how long it will take to vaccinate at least half of these? What about the ones who don’t want the vaccination! Then what? Hell, I’m not even sure I want it given the bells palsy side affect. I guess we will have to weigh the two evils and see.
To be quite honest, I’m not sure I’m really ready for the world to go back to “normal”. I know that may seem like a bit harsh, but I have been blessed during this time in a way that I cannot measure. Sure, I’ve kept my job and didn’t have to worry about a steady income stream, but the older I get the more I realize that life isn’t always about money. This year has taught me one thing an that is you cannon put a price tag on your personal happiness and your growth as a person. Looking back over the years I never realized how unhappy I was as a person or how unhappy I was in my marriage. I thought I was doing well and things were good, but until we separated I had no idea just how much joy I was missing out on. It was like a burden of punishment had been lifted off of me. Sadly, I have no intention on reconciliation. Going forward, it’s the naked life for me, and I’m not going to allow anyone to stop me this time. Shame it took me over 20 years to realize that. Like my 59 year old aunt said the other night: “I’m happy being alone and I don’t want to change that”.
I have a few things in mind that are going to help me move along this new life of nakedness. First and foremost I plan to keep writing here and expressing my viewpoints on nudism, my journey deeper into it, and to encourage anyone to try out the lifestyle. I haven’t pulled the trigger yet but I plan to join a nudist/naturist organization. I feel like this is the best way for me to keep my ear to the ground on what’s going on, and personally legitimize my decision to commit to this lifestyle. I’ve started thinking about it more and more. How can you promote something if you don’t truly support the organizations behind it?
Throughout the course of the year I have turned to wine and cocktails to help make my life “better” to tolerate, but drinking all of that and not having gym open or taking the time to exercise has caused me to put on weight. So another change in my life going forward is only allowing alcohol into my diet on a rare, but special occasion. I won’t even buy it. I drank the last of my wine last night while watching TV. Now there is no more alcohol in the house at all. Along with that I am making small changes to my diet to eliminate certain foods like chips and bread. It’s helped contribute to my added love handles and leg fat this year.
Finally, one thing I need to focus on is having an actual plan for the coming years of my life. There will be no more combined incomes for either of us, and I need to determine an appropriate budget that will work for me. I need to figure out if the house needs to be fixed up a bit to be sold, and, if so, where will I go after its’ sold? Any type of house or apartment here is so expensive compared to five years ago when we moved here. I wish I had an easy answer or at least a big bag of money to live off of for a while. I’d like a little farm house on a few acres of land surrounded by trees. That way I could walk outside or work in the yard in the buff and tan my white ass. 🙂
Well, I’ve shared my thoughts on what I plan to work on and do during the new year, I’m excited to hear what plans you have to improve you overall life and well being. I hope part of that includes spending a lot more time naked, and maybe even branching out to tell more people about your naked lifestyle. I have shared mine with more people this year than any year combined. I think I was always a bit ashamed in the back of my mind, but I can certainly say I am not anymore. I encourage you to do the same and express yourself the way that makes you happy and proud. We’re not a bunch of weirdos. We’re just normal people who do normal thing without clothes. With that being said, I’m going to put on some warm clothes and go for a walk and enjoy the sun.
Get naked. Stay naked. Share your nakedness.
Images Courtesy of Rare Earth Gallery