Get busy living, or get busy sitting in a bathroom all weekend.
(Image courtey India Perrin via ABC News)
Meet Karen Perrin. When she found herself locked inside her office ladies room while working until around 10 pm on a Friday night, she could have curled herself up into the fetal position and waited for someone to set her free on Monday morning. But, no! But like a real-life Andy Dufresne from The Shawshank Redemption, she set her mind to escape.
The claustrophobic Perrin had unfortunately left her cell phone resting uselessly atop her desk, so she could count on no one for help but herself. After a few failed attempts at escape and several hours trapped in that tiny stagnant air-filled room, she discovered a 3-foot rod which she used to chisel her way through the wall. "I thought about Shawshank Redemption," she told ABC News of the two hours she spent digging her way back to freedom.
Finally, the fresh air of freedom rushed into that small bathroom through her hard-won hole. She stuck her arm out and grasped for the outside door handle. She grabbed it, turned the handle and, just like that, her eight-hour claustrophobe's nightmare came to a tear-filled end. "I was crying," she told ABC News. "I felt like I was escaping a bad dream, like when you have a nightmare and you wake up and your heart is pounding and you realize, ‘Oh, I was just dreaming. Did that just happen. Am I OK?'"