|Photo from Oregon Live article: Here|
Whewwwww! Now that's a cause I can get behind! ;)
|Pun intended ;)!|
|More crack thank a drug dealer!!! Photo by Drew Bandy|
This time around, I was more prepared... meaning bodypaint!!!!! Can you guess what I got done?? Rainbowwwws, helllooooo! ;)!
After getting painted, and then even painting a few people, my time slot for volunteering came up. I helped by fundraising for the organization, selling bike seat covers (an excellent investment at $5!) and stickers by perusing thru the masses... meeting just, oh, a few thousand nudies! That was phenomenally fun, as was the liberating and energizing ride (complete with a nude band and nude bike tricks!). The cherry on top was most certainly the dozens of us jumping off the docks and ramps into the Willamette River at the end of the night. Naked!!! Ohhh so wonderful!!!
|I love rainbows!!! Remember this blog? Read here!|
|This roadside band was naked!!! Yayy!|
How many sets of boobs have you seen in real life? AKA not in the movies or magazines? How many dicks? How many asses? Well, after 2 naked parades , 3 Fantasy Fest's, nude beaches, plus miscellaneous gatherings and such, I’ve seen kazillions ....and I can tell you, your body is absolutely imperfectly... which makes it perfectly yours, and that is your beauty. :)
|Fun with paint!|
|Free to be just as you are|
|I love that these kids are being exposed to nudity as normal, not as sexual :)|
The irony of people feeling scared to get naked in front of others, is that it is from within the masses you realize just how great you actually look. There is no perfect body, and for me, the experiences of seeing so many have made that a reality. Sure, there are some that seem dang close (and so they get paid for them!), but the other 5.99 billions bodies out there are imperfectly perfect. Big/small, short/ long, perky/saggy, curvy/straight.. there are examples of beauty in every package. Comparing is no bueno!!!
So then, the big question is: What comes first? The chicken or the egg? The acceptance of your body or the acceptance of your soul? Loving the curves of your body or the depth of your heart? I think it's commonplace to believe that if you are 'perfect' on the inside, the body will follow along. Or that you'll be happy once you get your body looking 'better'. But what if, by seeing enough real, imperfect bodies, you begin to accept yours, and from there you begin to accept your individual thoughts, feelings and vulnerabilities. When you stop judging and start loving others with all their imperfections, it's only a matter of time before you do the same for yourself :).
The intention of this blog (along with all of them), is just to get you thinking. There is no right or wrong when it comes to nudity, just what we are comfortable with. We are all soooo different, and at such different stages in life (half the naked riders had their undies on!). Is it not true that what can be a powerful tool for one may seem crazy to another? Sometimes just being open to the possibility is all it takes to start a domino effect of goodness. :)
I hope you have a wonderful and happy 4th of July weekend! Wishing you sun, fun, freedom... and inner and outer confidence! If at some point you should want to experience being entirely unmasked, but need some stepping stones, give me a holla!! I’ll don my birthday suit a million times if it helps to get this point across... YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL :).
P.S. Here's some links to blogs/articles/photos from the spectacular event: