Writer strips free of conservative values

Writer strips free of conservative values

Dear Annie: I was raised in a home with strict values. I was to dress modestly and not have sex before marriage, etc. I married, raised a family and have been devoted to my religion, family and country. I am now 68 years old and find I enjoy something I never considered before. I now enjoy being without clothes for short periods of time in my house. It might be before a bath or after or just on the spur of the moment. I find it very relaxing and pleasant. I think I am normal but wonder why this would be something I find enjoyable later in life rather than something I discovered when I was younger. — Stripped

Dear Stripped: I can’t know why you’d enjoy this now versus earlier in your life (though I’d guess that earlier in life, you never had the privacy or the time) — but really, the “why” seems unimportant. Retirement is about discovering new things, relaxing and delighting in the here and now. It sounds as though this hits all three marks for you. No need to overthink it.

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