Enjoying a Nature Hike
weeks ago, my wife came home with a new tank top that she had purchased
at Under Armour for our son. Teenagers can be picky, however, and when
my son took a look at it, he said that he didn't want it. My wife bought
the tank on a super good deal, and so she asked me if I wanted it. I
paused a bit looking at it and then said, "Sure, I'll give it a try."
The reason I paused is because I am not a fan of tank tops, and the last
time I wore one as a boy was probably back in elementary school. I had
never given much thought as to why I didn't like tank tops over the
years until I took this one into the bathroom to try it on. After
pulling the tank over my head and situating it in place, I immediately
felt...exposed. It was the strangest feeling, but I wanted to react in
the same way that my female classmates did during co-ed gym class when
we'd go outside on chilly mornings, and they'd immediately fold their
arms tightly over their chests. At the time, I had no idea why they
always did that, but I of course understand it fully now, and I think
that I have avoided tank tops as a guy all these decades because I
similarly felt exposed in a tank top for whatever reason.
Taking it a step further, growing up a boy and being active in sports,
there always comes a time during a pick-up game of this or that where
the two sides divide up into shirts and skins. I HATED being on the
skins team. At the time I didn't understand why, but now I do. My torso
is just as normal as anyone else, and there was no reason for me to be
embarrassed about removing my shirt, but I cannot stress how much I
deplored it. Now, I think I know why I hated it so much, and it's the
same feeling that I had when I tried on this tank top: I just felt
What I think my subconscious told me the other day and was trying to
signal to me all these years was, "You need to wear a bra under that."
As a girl, I just love to wear tank tops and camisoles as I've
frequently documented on my web site, but as a girl, I am always able to
cover up properly and wear a bra underneath. It would be very dangerous,
however, to wear a bra beneath a tank top as a guy, and get away with
it...at least with people around, but I decided to keep the tank top my
wife bought and use it for a different reason: to help me create tan
lines more befitting of a woman.
Last year I bought a bikini top and wore it to the lake in the
mountains, but I was only outside in it for about 20 minutes because I
just couldn't afford to get sunburned in it and create female tan lines.
I've also been extremely careful when wearing camisoles in the summer,
so I don't get tan lines that show spaghetti straps, but now with this
guy tank top, I think I can take my female tan lines to a new level, and
I'm way excited.
So onto today's outing where I was able to wear my guy tank top as a
girl for the first time. At the company I work for, they really
encourage a healthy and active lifestyle, and so we have various
activities in place where we can use a few hours of work towards healthy
activities, and so many of us will gather over lunch time one day a week
to do something active outdoors whether it's going for a long walk or
playing a non-contact sport outside if the weather permits. Last week I
wore my new blue tank top for the first time outdoors, and today we were
supposed to have another outdoor activity, but we found out yesterday
that it was canceled.