Weather continues to improve, so I've been out doing a lot of daily hikes -- in town where I must wear shorts -- getting back in shape for more adventurous trips to the mountains soon. Snow is gradually melting and I expect to start venturing out to at least lower elevations soon.
Of course, doing all this daily hiking in shorts and sunshine means my apparently-notorious tan lines are getting really strong again. Funny, and because this continues to come up with people.
I'm not sure what it is about tan lines, and why I can't stop talking about it, but probably because others can't seem to stop talking about it. It's something that seems to be very polarizing with folks out there, especially in the so-called nudist community.
Some can't seem to stand to look at anyone with tan lines. Many of them, because they see it as being a violation of some ridiculous tenet of nudism they have in their mind. Others couldn't care less, or like me, actually find the sight of tan lines to be a nice thing. Tan lines actually say to me, "Hey, that person is enjoying being naked outdoors for a change. How great!" It accentuates the fact that they are naked, when, like for many of us, those opportunities are relatively rare in our lives. It's all in how you look at it, I guess.
I can't help but keep coming back to the fact that being a "nudist" means something different to all of us. For so many, it seems, it's this all-or-nothing thing, where you're not a "real nudist" unless you're naked all day every day, which means that if you have tan lines, you are most definitely "not one of us!" I find this arrogance and condescension to be annoying, as I've noted before, but it's unfortunately widespread on the various nudist sites that I've seen over the past year since I started exploring them. Even just recently, on one of those sites, I saw a topic being posted in the form of a question asking, and I'm paraphrasing as I don't have the exact quote, 'why are so many nudists afraid to be nude all the time?'. This struck me as another one of these "if you're not nude all the time, you're not one of us" statements.
Hey, it's not either/or, it's not black or white, there are no rules to this, so please just get off your high horse and respect that fact that, for most of us, our lives dictate that we can only spend limited time recreating in the nude.
I like to "hike naked". That's when I get naked; when I can get away from the crowds, to some wilderness trails where few others are to be seen, and the few you do see don't seem to have a problem with people hiking naked. I can't do that every fucking day of my life, or even every week. It's rare, in fact. But that's the degree of enjoying nudity that works for me in my life. And I dare say that, for most people, it's probably the same in terms of limited opportunities for nudity. So why judge others just because they don't have the same lifestyle as you do! Why put condescending names on them like "cotton tail"? It's just really offensive to me to be judged like this by some others.
Okay, I've ranted on this topic enough before already. And I wouldn't have brought it up again now had it not been for a couple of emails from one person the past couple of days, who can't seem to talk about anything but tan lines and question how you can be a nudist and have them. Ugh!
I'm just going to say it one more time. There are no rules to this, and we all just do it in whatever way and to whatever degree that it works for us. So please just stop judging people on how they choose to do it, and the fact that some may have tan lines. My god, how superficial, shallow and self-righteous can you be. Get a life and enjoy it on your own terms and stop telling others that they aren't doing it right, because they aren't doing it by YOUR terms.
Anyway, I can't wait to do some naked hiking again. I'm just chomping at the bit for my first opportunity to show off my newly-recharged, eye-popping tan lines! ;-)
PS: My new website project
, which has been in the works for months now, continues to move forward much slower than I would have hoped, but progress does continue. It's just a really challenging project to get up and working, but it's definitely still coming...soon.