My good friends know I'm a nudist, but my family doesn't. I'm very leery about telling them. I'm going to tell my sister, but not my mom and dad for while. My dad is old-school Catholic, and my mom is a Latter Day Saint (Mormon). I don't think either of them would take kindly to my nudism. I'm not sure how my sister will take it. I suppose telling her is a bit if a test to see how the rest of my family might react.|
Looking upon my past nudist experiences, when I've told people I'm a nudist, it was never as bad as I thought it would be, and I've never received a negative reaction yet. It's never as harsh as you might imagine it to be. For me, being a nudist is not just something I do, it's part of who I am. It's a major contributor to my philosophies in life about people, myself, the physical world, and society. All those beliefs and theories necessarily come out in who I am, and who I want to be. I've decided to be more open with it and not hide it from so many people. It's been something of a burden to me to be so secretive about it -- it's like hiding parts of myself.
I never just bring it up out of the blue, "Hey, by the way, did you know I'm a nudist?". It somehow deals with the conversation at the time. Often it comes up when I'm discussing personal philosophies with people, but for many, it came up when I talked about my part-time job. I'm a nude model at the art school. They often ask if it's hard to be naked in front of other people. I explain my nudism and tell them a bit about the nude in the context of an art perspective and how it's not hard at all.
As far as my parents, I'm not sure how to go about it. I am slightly inclined to wait until I am formally and officially moved out. My parents and I have something of an agreement (well, mostly it was told to me... :) that when I move out, I'm on my own, period. Now, of course if I get into big trouble they'll help me out, but I'll be free-er to openly be my own person.