One of the main hurdles many newbie naturists have to surmount is: how to find compatible people to be friends with who are also naturists themselves – or potential naturists.
For people with good to great social skills, this may not be a problem. Or perhaps even in that case it is, because there aren’t that many people in our society who have a favorable opinion of nonsexual social nudity. And of those who do, many are afraid to be open about it, for a variety of reasons. So it can be risky at times to approach people you already know – relatives, friends, or acquaintances – with the idea of sharing an interest in naturism.
This process is somewhat easier online, because there are things like Facebook, Twitter, and other online things (friend-finder sites, naturist-friendly social networks, blogs, discussion forums, mailing lists, etc.) where long-time and newbie naturists gather to “meet” each other and become better acquainted.
But let’s face it. Having online naturist friends scattered around the world is all well and good. However, what you really want are people who enjoy social nudity and also live relatively nearby, so you can enjoy nudity together, at home parties, outdoor recreational locations, and commercial naturist parks or resorts. Or just getting together casually naked in the backyard to enjoy a barbeque and an evening in or around the swimming pool or spa.
I could offer suggestions on how to approach the challenge of finding naturist friends. But one naturist newbie has figured it all out, and says it very well:
Last year I was an single old straight white guy. Then I discovered nakedness. … My textile friends I knew would not approve so I figured I should get some naked friends to share my happy bareness with. I set off with a desire to make naked friends, I began to blog here, I signed up for naked Meetup groups, I joined an active naked online (NOOK) group, I advertised for naked friends on Craigslist, I approached naked people I met in naked situations and began conversations. I read lots to learn the culture and ethos of nakedness. I knew that simple nakedness felt good, I heard that nudists were accepting and inclusive, and so, I became accepting, inclusive and non judgmental myself. I made friends with naked straight men and women, I’ve made friends with naked gay men, naked gay women, and naked bisexuals as well with people that are not naked but interested enough to follow this adventure.
It worked. Just try what Happy Bare did. It’s not rocket science.