When I was in college, I went to a private school, and I was a skinny guy, 6 feet tall, 170 pounds.
I was skinny.
I had a lot of confidence.
I wanted to look cool.
But I was also nervous.
I remember I was terrified, because I felt like I didn’t belong.
I felt as though my whole identity as a man was at stake.
So I decided to try to get my body out of the closet.
When I did, I made friends.
They gave me their phones, their emails, their phone numbers.
And when I used those to talk to them about my work, I felt very liberated.
I started making art and being myself, and my confidence skyrocketed.
So this is a story about how I learned to embrace my body and my body’s value, and how it made me feel more confident and more in control.
This is a man’s story about being a man, about being naked.
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