Lies, lies, lies

At age 16, I had been in possession of my driver’s license for about two weeks when I told the biggest lie of my life.

I had been hanging out with a bad boy with tie-dyed hair, and we were off on a date driving down the gravel road where he lived. Not afraid to have a little fun, I consented when he took the steering wheel from the driver’s seat and began fishtailing my car along the rocky road.

I’ll be the first to admit that I was a stupid teenage driver. I didn’t realize one steady pump on the breaks would send us swirling into a ditch.

My car made it home that day with some new dents, an oil leak and a well thought out excuse to tell my parents. You see, had I told the truth, I thought I’d have surely had to hand them my license for what I feared would be months – or possibly even years.

I told mom and dad that I had swerved to miss a little furry creature on the gravel and landed in the ditch.

It wasn’t necessarily the biggest lie I could have told. It really made no difference to anyone in the whole scheme of this big huge world. But little did I know that this little lie would lead to at least three more years of silly little lies and the pangs of guilt that came with.

Whenever my parents would urge me to drive carefully, they’d remind me to watch out for fuzzy little creatures on the road.

My little brothers learned the real story and tried to use it to their advantage from time to time. Because of that little lie, I had to tell other lies to fill in the story. What kind of fuzzy creature was it? Did it live through the incident? How did I get out of the ditch? Did I learn my lesson about swerving for bunnies?

I confessed my gravel road lie to my parents when I was 19 and living out of their house. They simply laughed at me, and said “We knew you weren’t telling the truth all along, but it was funny watching you squirm.”

Had I simply told the truth, my punishment would have probably been a couple weeks without the privilege to drive. Instead I punished myself for years.
Often the cost of lying is often far higher than the price of telling the truth. Always be honest, it will save you stress and enhance your credibility.