This year, July 10 – 16, 2017, is Nude Recreation Week. This week-long festival of bare recreational activities is co-sponsored by the American Association of Nude Recreation (AANR) and The Naturist Society (TNS). As every Summer is the “season of fun in the sun,” it’s only logical that major naturist/nudist advocacy organizations proclaim an event in honor of clean, healthy bare living. Normally this week encompasses the date of July 4, the USA’s independence day holiday but it is being observed later this year.
Nude Recreation Week involves a focus on the numerous activities, both active and passive, that people may enjoy outdoors and, most importantly, clothes-free. This isn’t to say that this special week isn’t the only time that we bare our bodies outside. It is simply a time when we celebrate and commemorate all the various athletics, games and other leisure endeavors that we all enjoy in the sunshine and/or in the shade without the restrictive and bothersome burden of garments – we all just get naked, get involved and enjoy!
The USA is located in the Northern Hemisphere, so our Nude Recreation Week naturally is very focused on aquatic competitions, sports and games and high-activity-level past-times as these are the ones usually the most popular during our Summertime. As most of us are well aware, not everyone is interested in the energetic activities and prefer calmer, passive leisure. Fortunately, the bare culture is aware of this diversity and offers a little something for everyone during this designated week celebrating our nudity.
Simply sitting back and admiring nature is a recreational activity. As is knitting, reading, weaving, cooking and landscaping, etc. The list is endless and the options are many. There is no limit to the number and variety of pleasures that can be enjoyed while bare.
Anything that can be done while wearing clothing is able to be accomplished without the burden of clothes. Being “dressed for success” doesn’t dictate the wearing of an elaborate and expensive wardrobe. Nothing is better suited for success than one’s owned skin, natural and unadorned. In fact, during the Summer, bare is better and even makes more sense (not that we naturists/nudists need a reason to be clothes-free).
So, whatever your definition/version of “play,” remember to strip out of your cumbersome and inhibiting clothes and enjoy the freedom of being bare! No matter what is your leisure preference, whether it’s with a group of friends or on your own, remember to experience it as only a bare practitioner can: nude! Life is indeed too short for being bothered with clothing! Be free! Be bare!