Northern Expressions

Northern Expressions: The Wilderness Will Tear You Down

Happy Friday! Tomorrow is the ceremonial start of The Last Great Race on Earth, AKA, The Iditarod! So, today’s Northern Expression comes from 4-time Iditarod Champion (including last year), Dallas Seavey:

The wilderness will tear them down. It's bigger than anybody out there. It has to just be your home.

“Every time I see people having to build themselves up to face the wilderness, the wilderness will tear them down. It’s bigger than anybody out there. It has to just be your home.” – Dallas Seavey

He said this in an interview with Survival Life. I really enjoyed the thought that if you have to build yourself up for something, you’re probably not ready for it. You have to learn to be at peace in even the harshest climates (literal or figurative).

If you have to build yourself up for financial set-backs and financial emergencies, your finances aren’t ready for them. The goal is to be so prepared that they just become an obstacle to overcome on the course rather than a complete roadblock.

So… let’s get prepared, friends! And get out there and enjoy the weekend! Run, dogs, run!

Love, Maggie


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  1. TheRetirementManifesto

    I love the Iditarod! Great quote by Dallas Seavey, that guy’s awesome! I am absolutely mesmerized by the Iditarod, and the people/dogs who run it. Incredible event, and nice to see a unique linkage to personal finance! Metaphors are a wonderful thing, I’ll think of you and this post as I watch the Iditarod highlights this year!!

    • MaggieBanks

      Yay! I always love to meet a fellow Iditarod fan. We’re heading to the ceremonial start downtown tomorrow! My mother-in-law usually comes up for it. She loves the Iditarod!

  2. Neat analogy Maggie. That race is such an incredible feat by man and beast. And then I look down at my Husky, lying on his back with his legs up in the air, tongue sticking out of his mouth a bit, never having borne a minute of hardship in his life and I think, we’re softies, you are I. We are a match made in heaven.

    • MaggieBanks

      I LOVE going to see them off… but then I LOVE going back to my heated house and comfy bed. 🙂

  3. One of these years I’d like to see the Iditarod (Definitely see and NOT participate). I’ve got friends who have volunteered as vets there before and it just sounds like such a wonderful thing to be witness to.

    Financial hardships? I’m set (knock on wood). Wilderness challenges? I’m just going to stay with my indoor plumbing and retired dog, thank you very much. ?

    • MaggieBanks

      It’s definitely festive and fun to see the dogs running! And yes… it’s good to be prepared (just got news braces for my oldest will be $8k in the next two years! YIKES!)

  4. ChooseBetterLife

    Sometimes it just takes a new perspective. I’ve been sick for the past few weeks and it’s amazing how having less energy can help us focus and just get the job done.
    I don’t have the extra spunk to care about looking good, being perfect, or what anyone else thinks, which helps me to stop procrastinating and just do the thing. It’s enough to complete the tasks and survive the day, and while being sick stinks, it’s a good lesson to carry forward in life.

    • MaggieBanks

      YES! Staying afloat is sometimes very difficult and it makes you so grateful for the functions you have when you’re good. Feel better!

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