In our case we discovered the freedom of being clothes-free when I happened to see a reference to our local clothing-optional beach on a map. This prompted some further investigation on the web and finally a visit, with a certain amount of anxiety I must say, and finally that wonderful moment where I shed my physical clothing and a whole lot of psychological stuff as well!
This experience was so potent that on my arrival home I was beaming and my wife was keen to experience my newfound freedom for herself. So having found a family friendly beach we set off.
She did say that she probably would only go topless but on arrival and after removing her top, I asked if she felt over dressed and she nodded and removed the rest of her clothes.
A short time later and we were enjoying the ocean as God intended.
We had some holidays planned shortly there after and I found a small cottage in the Byron Bay hinterland that was noted as nudist friendly due to it's private location.
As it turned out we were the only ones staying at the B&B so it was a nice gentle introduction, made even easier by our hosts.
Sylvan Glade Pool
Returning home we continued to attend our local clothing-optional beach and as regulars over time, we have got to know some wonderful people.
The interesting thing is that a lot of the people we have met are in their mid 40s to mid 50s. Some have been involved in the lifestyle for many years others like ourselves are relatively new.
I read with interest a posting to one of the Naturist online forums where a woman involved in the lifestyle made the suggestion that women on reaching 40+ reach a point where they feel a lot less pressure to conform to the airbrushed ideals of the fashion magazines. If they can start to find an easy acceptance of their bodies then armed with this mindset they are ready to discover the full liberation of Naturism.
We have met a few families and they are bringing up their children in the naturist environment. But I would imagine it will become more difficult as the children grow and demands on their time will be increased.
Hence, we have heard of people leaving the lifestyle that they had discovered in their 20's & 30's, only to pick it up again when the children had grown up.
The last group of late adopters are the grey nomads, retired now, mobile and chasing the sun. These may have been part of the counter-revolution of the late 60s and 70s traveling from nudist resort to nudist resort in their caravans and mobile homes.