The Motherload

Why a selfish act can end up being good for everyone

Becky Jensen on the Colorado Trail. (Photo by Sam Sala)

Becky Jensen on the Colorado Trail. (Photo by Sam Sala)

Becky Jensen had a lot of things going for her: sweet kids, a caring fiance, a promising career. But deep down, she wasn't happy. So last summer, she left everything (and everyone) behind to do a 500-mile hike by herself.

On this episode, she shares her story. It's a story about relationships -- both with your family, and with yourself. And it's about the surprising things that can happen to those relationships when you do something selfish -- something just for you.

For the first time in a long time I realized I wasn’t responsible for anyone, or anything, except me.
— Becky Jensen