It’s something that takes a long time usually, but people can actually change their lifestyle, and get to like things they thought they wouldn’t and also meantime get to do other things they would never ever, think of doing. Naturism for us is obviously one of these things, but in life people when they get fed up with the same old life, should venture out and do new activities. I first thought this way with music, after reading reviews saying “this albums a classic” (the actual title name escapes me, but hopefully you’ll get the gist) I bought this particular album and at first found it hard going,but over time it got better and better to the ear and became a true favourite. You can do this with things in life too, I believe John Lennon called it a Zen discipline.
What people do, is very much down to the individual but new things can be just as exciting and rewarding physically, emotionally or dare I say the dreaded word….financially. In naturist circles we have friends that like to write, some like to paint, others like to play sport. One naturist acquaintance of our likes to visit museums and see vintage trains and buses, while another likes skateboarding. Some people like trainspotting, which all in all, shows people tastes and individual style.
I’ve mentioned before my love of music already in one post and the fact I played cricket for more years than I care to remember in another, so I’m more than amazed that I ever got into nature and wildlife and even thought of taking an interest in my new interest of bird watching. I suppose this comes from my love of photography and what to shoot, but also being naturally naked in nature, leads you to listening and watching all the natural things going on around you.
For me, the enjoyment of nature comes first, just walking in the countryside and enjoying the peaceful surroundings is everything. Occasionally I will carry a camera, normally its just a mobile phone and even if I do not get a single picture, it will not matter as I will have enjoyed just walking, observing, and listening. A photographer without a strong interest in nature, may look for subjects, but never really see, hear, or feel what is around them. It takes time to settle in and feel you are a part of nature and photo opportunities just seem to appear.
The top nature photographers are accomplished naturalist, knowing their subjects very well and although I’m just starting, I’m keen to learn. You really have to let yourself become part of the environment, not isolate yourself from it and as I mentioned earlier being naked helps this. Unfortunately something’s are easier to photograph than others, especially birds in England that fly around so quickly then land in trees so thick with leaves, you can hear them but never see them still enough, for long enough to click the shutter.
With winter approaching the leaves will soon be gone, just like most of the birds but at least the ones that do stay should be clearly visible. Another new interest is gardening, which is again surprising as we don’t actually have a garden. I suppose this interest comes from me being a groundsman at the cricket club, so I always like to see the ground looking neat and tidy. At our naturist club there is always something to be done to keep the place tidy, so with the all round freedom and delightful feeling that comes with being totally naked, its not so much a chore more a pleasure. Added to the fact is that its more like work, something else that’s missing from my everyday life right now.
Away from the naked lifestyle, politics is always something people do or should relate to, as decisions that get made by the people at the top always affect people further down. I know another naturist Green party member who stood at election time as well as others who either stood or are members of other parties and take a keen interest. For most its not wanting to lead, more a case of making sure we make society something that’s worth being a part of, but also helping making people happy. I’m anti conservative right now mainly because I don’t think they do help everyone just the elite money earners, but I have to say in the very distant past I did vote for them at least three times. What I’d say about that now though is that they were “Different ways in Different days”.
Interests and pastimes can vary of course, and in England especially they do. Although I don’t partake or know anyone who does,these interests,pastimes and traditions some of them make you wonder: Morris Dancing, Cheese Rolling, Mummers, (first footing on New Years eve),Wellie Throwing, Sack racing (carrying and running with a heavy sack a certain distance),Pace egg rolling, (Easter eggs),Rush baring, (a hay waggon pulled through the streets at harvest)
Clog dancing, (similar to Morris dancing), Scrogging the holly,(paving a way for Santa Claus by banging holly on the ground to ward off evil spirits). When you get older its boring being just like everyone else and even when it comes to compiling posts and a blog like mine, you have to put a bit of your individuality into it just to make it different so go on change something today for Different People its Different Ways on Different Days.