There are many different kinds of cheating. Of course, there is cheating in a relationship, but that's not the kind of cheating I want to talk about specifically today.
Let's say...You cheated on a quiz. Doesn't seem, like a huge deal right? I mean...everyone around you was doing it? You only tried to glance over at someone's paper, because they were helping someone else out with their quiz. Even the ATTEMPT at glancing at their paper is considered cheating. Your intentions were to cheat, regardless of whether or not you really did.
This was my situation: the teacher called a few of us after class. Quite frankly she explained, "You have a formal detention and I am still deciding whether to fail this quiz or not." Kind of in shock, I just agreed and walked out of the class. I stood in the middle of the hallway and broke down in tears. This is not who I am. This is not who I want to be. Obviously, I did not intend for anything like this to happen.
But, I am glad. I am glad that this happened to me. I am glad that I was forced to own up to my mistakes. You're probably thinking that I'm insane or wondering "Why is this girl telling us she's happy that she got caught cheating?" Let me tell you. The reason that I am glad that I got caught now is because I know for a fact that I will never cheat again. I have learned from my mistakes. If I could take back those seconds where I glanced over, I would. Of course I would never want to do that ever again. But in a way I am glad that I got the chance to learn from it. After time, I realized that everything will be okay. I prayed a lot about it but now I know that even though there are repercussions that may affect my future, I know that everything is part of God's plan. I will work as hard as I can, but whatever happens is approved by God. I learned I should not worry so much about being "perfect" all the time and just be honest and be me. This is a mistake that I made and I personally don't think that it should define me or affect decisions in the future.
I'm also glad that I have the chance to share this with you because I hope it is something that you can learn from. I had to go through this so that you don't have to and I think that that is part of God's will. Please listen to me when I say cheating is worse than you think.