Facing the Truth

By Mayra, age 16, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

As the whole class was busy doing their morning "free-write", one of my classmates walked in. She had been skipping class for weeks, but by some miracle showed up to our honors English class. Our teacher observed her every move as she managed to take a seat. He brought out his deep serious tone as he called her to the front of the class.

The confrontation began when he asked her what was wrong. With hesitation she replied by telling him that her mother had been sick. As I heard those words I couldn't help but feel a cloud of pity for her. Everyone knew the truth, yet she kept on with her list of lies. That's when I asked myself, "Why is it so hard to confront the truth? Why is it so hard to face the consequences?"

Amazingly she got away with it, but is life really about "getting away with it?" Are we really here to run ... or to lead? I returned to my work, but I remained in heavy thought.

Later on, during my fifth period class, I sat down with two good friends, Suzie and Paco. I commented on the situation, and the three of us shared our opinions. Paco made some great points. He said, "By living in lies, you're living in fear. Facing the consequences sets you free."

Lying hurts you, but more importantly it hurts the people around you. Don't get me wrong. Lying is a natural human behavior commonly used in a situation where a person feels threatened or in danger. But we should just have enough common sense to separate right from wrong and view the consequences before taking actions. Live your life without guilt. Let that be your constitution.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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