Easy road is not always smooth sailing

Hannah Krizek, op/ed editor

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  We all have those “huh” moments in life, right? Where, at first thought, what appears to be the easy road out can turn into a long trip. 

    In that split-second moment, where your mind is spinning in circles and you can barely think straight, a quick lie seems like a good option. You lie in the effort to help someone else, but in the end most of the time that lie leads to drama. Yup, annoying high school drama.    

     Let me put this in perspective for you. A friend walks up to you in school and asks you a question, such as “Did they say anything about me? What did he/she say to you?” This question leaves you and your conscience in a sticky situation. You’re left wondering if you should tell a lie that will, at the time, possibly hurt someone else, or just simply voice the truth. You decide to reply with a lie, but only to cover your own back.  

     Your cover up ends up negatively affecting another person, and so that “easy road” you decided to take, now isn’t quite so simple. The person you lied to is now upset and this now affects someone else, the friend that they though they had, you. Now, the whole situation is creeping back to you, but not in such a good way. The quick decision now has you and others steering off of that “easy road” and into oncoming traffic.  

     You’re stuck in your own head thinking, “I should have just told the truth and none of this would have happened,” or you don’t care because you are pleased with the spotlight being on you but, to be honest, that’s an immensely selfish move. 

     So here you are, having lost a friend, and leaving another frustrated with you, all because of some words that simply weren’t true. Stupid right?

     Throughout high school, most kids already have their own hardships to deal with. Drama is very prevalent in the school atmosphere already and of no interest to most. So why create it? Why make someone else’s life a tad bit harder to save yourself?

     In the big picture, we all mess up and make silly mistakes, it’s all a part of life. One lie isn’t the end of the world, but choose to learn from mistakes.  Lying turns into a road with bends and curves, see where it got you, and work on amending those relationships for the better and getting back on the road in the right direction.