For the Arctic residents of Life Below Zero, complacency is not an option. Lack of preparedness means certain death. The stakes are high living on the outskirts of humanity, and for many in the lower 48, life can be pretty sedentary, pretty comfy and cozy… until now! [Cue Life Below Zero Weekly Challenges].
There are people that are born with a certain drive in them. You either have it, or you don’t. And for Erik Salitan, it’s strong.
“Living way out in the arctic here in rural Alaska, you need to be self-motivated. The only person to kick my butt out of bed in the morning is myself, so I need to get up and do what I need to do, and there’s nobody there to tell me to do it,” Erik says.
So for this week’s Life Below Zero Challenge, we’re asking you to be your own boss. Pick something you need to overcome, and motivate yourself to do it without the help or pressure from anyone but yourself. Or as Erik says, kick your own butt out of bed in the morning and do what you need to do!
Tonight on Life Below Zero, Erik must overcome a missed opportunity when he loses a chance at a 1500 dollar wolf pelt. He’s hoping to make up for the loss using the call of a rabbit in distress to lure in predators.
“A lot of people misconstrue people’s desires to hunt as a blood lust or something like that, that’s not what it is at all. I love animals more than anything. I came here just because I really have an appreciation for wilderness and I was willing to sacrifice some of the social interactions associated with living in a town to have all these great opportunities that I do,” Erik states.
Tell us! What inspires you about the way these folks live off-grid and on their own? Think you can try giving up some of life’s little luxuries and live a sliver of the Arctic lifestyle? Let us know if you are going to partake in the weekly challenges, and share your stories and experiences. We’d love to hear from you.
Don’t miss new episodes of Life Below Zero, Thursdays at 9P… and be sure to come back next week for challenge #5!