You’re probably thinking “these guys must be joking” right?
All your life you’ve been spending thousands of hours and dollars picking clothes that make you look thinner, hats that make you look larger, make-up to hide the wrinkles and jewellery to distract the attention from all the rest. Who knows, maybe you’ve even been to a doctor to have this or that corrected.
And now Nick and Lins are telling you to leave all that behind…
Maybe you already imagine yourself standing there in the buff, with your too much fat, too wide hips, your wrinkles, your beer belly, your too small penis, your man boobs or your lady boobs that look like man boobs.
That can’t be true…
We admit, it does sound controversial.
But still, we strongly believe it’s the truth. Let us explain.
No way back
Remember the days at school when you forgot to do your homework?
All the way to school you’re considering your options…
“Should I call in sick?”
“Should I make up an excuse?”
“Which excuse haven’t I used yet?”
“Oh boy, I hope the teacher is sick”
“Maybe he forgot about the homework?”
Maybe you were a grade A student, but we remember this as if it was yesterday. But once you got into the classroom you felt a relief. Not because you found a solution, but because there was no way back.
When we’re picking a new travel destination we often go for a country we don’t really know a lot about. Like last year we decided to go to Mozambique just because years ago we heard a guy talking about it and it sounded pretty cool.
Then some days before we leave the stress kicks in. Did we forget something? How will it be like over there? Will there be public transport? What if we get robbed/raped/killed?
But the minute we get on the plane all stress disappears. Why? No way back.
Now back to our bodies.
As long as we have something, anything to cover up what we consider our flaws, we will try to use it. The more options we have, the more stress we will have to pick the best option.
On a nudist beach or campground or so you don’t have any options. Your birthday suit is the only suit you’re allowed to wear. Once you accept that, you’ll feel the stress flowing out of your body because there’s no way back to hiding anything.
We dress to impress. That doesn’t always have to do with beauty, by the way we look we try to give many signals to the world: How much we earn, how we’re feeling, how much we care about the environment, which political party we support, whether or not we’re up for sex. And on every of these topics we’ll get competition.
There will always be that guy with the nicer watch or that woman who’s skirt is just a bit shorter than yours.
When everybody’s naked, what can you compete about? There no need to emphasise our strengths or hide our flaws and we realise that everyone has both.
Maybe if miss universe suddenly appears next to you, you may be thinking “Damn I wish I…”. But what are the odds you’ll ever see her naked? You better enjoy the moment! And even with her you’ll notice that certain parts of her body have been nicely photoshopped in the magazines.
Every body is different and yet when everyone is naked you feel like you’re all the same.
No false comparisons
How do we measure beauty?
All the time we are looking at others to be able to give ourselves a certain degree. That’s nothing abnormal, everybody does it. What’s abnormal is who we compare ourselves with.
Everyday we are so much overwhelmed with images of perfect bodies in commercials, magazines, news papers and the internet that we start to use these bodies as our reference. And that’s where it goes wrong.
Research showed that 80% of women in the US are not satisfied with their bodies and 58% of college-aged girls feel pressured to have a certain weight.
Men are not different, although they tend to focus on other body parts. A study in London showed that 30% of the men are dissatisfied about their penis and 35% was neither dissatisfied nor satisfied.
This is quite funny actually. Show a man 2O documentaries about bodybuilding and not a single time he will think that his muscles are too small. But show him one porn movie…
When you’re going to any nudist location, you get the chance to compare your body with “real” people, everyday people, people like yourself and you’ll notice that bodies literally come in all sizes and that you’re actually looking pretty much alright.
Picture credit: The photos in this post are coming from Google and Twitter. If you find one of yourself and you don’t want it to be on our blog, let us know and we’ll remove it.