Introvert naturist – This may strike you as odd. In that case: read on. If it doesn’t then you know where I’m coming from. Still: read on. Maybe something good comes from this anyway.
Being a naturist
We all know that naturism is something we all enjoy. Otherwise we wouldn’t be here. If anything has brought me freedom it was naturism, the actual being out of clothes. And I do enjoy that very much, be it at the local nude beach or anywhere in nature where I’m not scaring people. It’s a good thing for me to live in Europe where people are much more accepting of nudity than for instance the US of A from where I hear horror stories at times.
Being an introvert
This is where things begin to get complicated. Since the nude beach is the perfect place to take off all clothes and worries, it’s the perfect place to go to in order to do that. But I’m an introvert. A very introverted introvert, almost down to the level of being a sociophobe. (And yes, that should be a word.)
I prefer to stay away from people. Which is difficult when it’s a great day and lots of folks assemble on the nude beach.
Yes, I know, it sounds dumb. Most people I know don’t understand how this feels. Even worse, they try to help by inviting people like me to parties and other crowded places to get over it. Unfortunately, despite their good intentions, those things don’t help at all. If anything they make it worse.
This doesn’t mean I never go to a nude beach or a party. I just need a lot of time to mentally prepare for it, and I need my time alone/away after that. That in turn can be ‘sad’ because usually the weather to go to the nude beach is there for many days. I can only go one day. Maybe you recognise this.
If so, I’d love to hear from you how you deal with this in a naturist setting. If you don’t recognise this, be happy about that. If you know people who seem to shy away from company, there’s a good chance you know an introvert. Some of us don’t try to explain ourselves, we just are known as recluses or hermits. That doesn’t mean we’re anti-social even when it looks like that. We’re just selectively social. To the point where we can take it.
Alone is not bad
Many people connect being alone to being lonely. That’s not true. I know people who are always in the middle of large groups, yet they are the loneliest people in existence.
I love being alone. I love, need and crave my solo vacations to places where I can be naked and do my crazy long walks (12 km / 8 miles is fabulous). I appreciate social media. They fill up the ‘hole’ that I might experience by not having a social life and they offer me the option to stay away without having to answer all those questions where I was and such things.
Well, I think this is a wrap for this post. Thank you for reading all the way down here. I appreciate it, as will many other introverts. I hope it created a little understanding. If you have questions, please ask them. I’ll do my best to answer as clearly as I can.
Have fun, everyone. And be nude. Be happy and healthy. Either alone or in a group as large as you like.