"How could I go on leaving like this?" she thought.
Then one day at home and, while on the phone with her mom, the lights went out because of a power outage and the small room she was in went dark. Her heart started to beat. Then her smart phone died, and her heart beat even faster. In the pitch dark room, she started to feel anxiety and she did not think she could survived being the in the dark for many minute. Death could come any minute. She did not want to scream and ask for help. That would be shameful to do so, Having no choice, she waited and waited, but nothing happened and she continued to wait.
When the light finally came back, she realized that she survived the dark and understood that she had to control her fear to live and that the only solution to her fear is courage and that the moments she spent in the dark alone proved she had courage, which she did not think she had.
"I possess courage. I am courageous," she thought.
"What if I get a tattoo of courage to protect my back so that I can move forward in life," she said to herself in her room.
The picture below shows the Korean sign for courage that she tattooed on her back. In her right hand next to her wrist rests a small tattoo of her heart to express the love of herself.