Symbolism is a powerful aspect of the modern world. Everything from marketing to movies contains symbolism that Americans interpret on a daily basis. However, symbolism can also be a helpful tool for those who have survived past traumatic events. For example, the semi-colon tattoo and jewelry has become a popular method for people to express a past suicide attempt and AWE (Alive We're Empowered) jewelry has come to represent people who have survived a past trauma.