I have been enjoying living the Nudist lifestyle for over 16 years now, having my first visit to a Nudist swim in Ohio when I was 45. I can remember wanting to be part of the lifestyle since I was in my teens, but it never actually happened until I was in my 40s, partially due to to fact that my ex-wife was not interested in trying (and I respected that) and that before the Internet it was frankly difficult to find and gain access to Nudist venues.
But there is another factor that keeps a lot pf younger people from dipping their toes into the clothing-free waters.
When we are very young, say toddler age, we have no body shame or inhibitions about being nude, as a rule. But when the teen years arrive, and after many yeras of our parents telling us we must be ashamed of our bodies, we become too self -conscious of our appearance to enjoy the freedom that being nude allows.
We get busy starting our careers and raising families to think much about being truly relaxed in a clothes-free state. Even if we fantasize about it, we put it off until "someday" which for many of never comes.
The community I live in, Paradise Lakes, was started in 1981 and many people who still live here after 30 years, raised their families here. Now those people are in their 50s and 60s (and older) and the average age here is around 55 or so by my estimate. This is a national trend as I understnad it, so the people who market our lifestyle need to appeal to a younger group of people somehow, or there may not be a resort for everyone to enjoy.
It's not easy selling the positive aspects of our life without resorting to cheap tactics that make it look like a swinger's paradise. Of course, people in that segment of our lifestyle are part of community but they certainly aren't the primary reason we live this life.
Being open to all aspects of our society is what we are really all about, and that is the message we need to sell. In order for real growth to occur, in the long term, we have to set this example. Then maybe the younger crowd will want to bring themselves and their families to experience true freedom of spirit and body.