Lessons From Life Below: Be Present-Minded

This week on Life Below Zero, our Alaskans face complications as they prepare for a successful future. In Kiwalik, the Hailstones are on another caribou hunt when Chip’s snow machine breaks down, posing a major setback in their quest for meat. In Chandalar, Glenn rushes to protect his remaining meat before a predator can discover it. In Wiseman, the Salitan’s fishing trip may be a bust. Sue Aikens’ snow machine crash leaves her with a concerning injury and she must take time away from her camp to head into town and get it checked out.

While every season is spent preparing for the next, the key to living in the wild is by being patient and taking every day as it comes. Future-focused but present-minded is the only way to handle the ever-changing and unpredictable fate of nature.


For Sue Aikens, living alone in the Arctic means the fate of her camp is up to her. Routine up-keeping on top of having successful hunts means time spent away could result in losing it all. However, she knows she can’t succeed in poor health, so she must stay patient and focused on getting the best care.

No matter how well-prepared you are, you can’t control the future. Being flexible, creative, and positive is the only way to tackle life’s crazy surprises.

Tell us! What inspires you about the way these fearless Alaskans live life off-the-grid? How do you deal with unexpected challenges? Are you present-minded? We’d love to hear from you. 

Don’t miss tonight’s episode of Life Below Zero: The Aftermath at 9/8c. And be sure to follow @SueAikens and #LifeBelowZero on Twitter at 10/9c for a live Q&A immediately following the finale.