I was the kid who always thought it was strange when women would walk around naked in the gym. Even into my 20’s it still made me a little uncomfortable to be in the sauna surrounded by naked women.
Today I walked into the gym slightly ill prepared. I had packed my things the night before (change of clothes, breakfast, lunch, work badge, etc) . I woke up at 3:30 am, drove to the ferry, took the ferry into the city, walked up some treacherous hills, and arrived at the gym by about 6:15. Then it hit me, I had forgotten a bathing suit, flip flops for the shower, and a hairbrush- never mind mascara (I can’t even deal with that today). So I decided it didn’t matter, I was going to workout anyway, I mean I had already gotten this far.
I did my run and weights, then entered the locker room where I was pretty much surrounded by naked people. I scoped out the situation- naked in the hot tub, naked in the steam room, naked in the sauna. For the first time in my life I just had zero F**ks to give. I got undressed, and grabbed 2 towels, since each one only covered about 1/2 my body (who makes these gym towels anyway!?!?!) and did it. I showered shoeless- I probably won’t do that again, I’m not that brave. Then went to the steam room naked, chair covered by towel of course, STDs scare me. Finally after a second cool shower, I enjoyed the sauna, naked.
So here is what I will say. No one wants to be judged poorly, but at some point the level of giving a 💩 decreases dramatically. So as long as no other women are sketchily taking pictures and posting online, I just don’t care anymore. Big, small, in great shape, not in great shape, I just will not let anything hold me back from enjoying life anymore.
Welcome to being in the 30’s age group.