Mistakes are an important part of growing up.

No one is born perfect and no one is born knowing everything there is to know about the world. Though we know this, people are constantly judged and ridiculed for their mistakes.

The recent Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal has been all over social media the past week.

Woods, who has received most of the social media backlash, is mostly known for her close relationship with Kylie Jenner. Thompson is the father of Khloe Kardashian’s daughter.

Both Thompson and Woods came under social media fire after news came out that they kissed after a night of partying.

I’m not saying that what Woods and Thompson did is okay but I don’t believe that in Woods’ case, this mistake should define who she is.

Woods publicly came out sharing the details of what happened and has admitted to her mistake. Thompson however, has stayed silent the entire time.

This isn’t the first time that Thompson has been caught cheating, but somehow, he has never been attacked the way that Woods was.

We’ve all done things that we aren’t particularly proud of, me included.
I have made many mistakes, some that have even hurt people that I love and am close to. In those times I felt so ashamed and embarrassed about the things that I had done that I could not imagine what it would be like if I had others constantly bashing me for what I had done.

I have been lucky to be surrounded by people who support me and truly know the kind of person that I am.

I have been able to overcome my mistakes because I have learned from them.

Though I may not be proud of them, I can say that I’ve grown more as a person and know more about myself because they happened.

I can’t take back the things that I’ve done even if I wanted to and I refuse to let them hold me back from moving on with my life.

This scandal might just be the news of the week and tomorrow the attention will be brought to another thing, but what is certain is that there will be people who will always think of Woods as the woman who kissed Thompson.

Our mistakes do not define who we are when we learn from them. It’s important to be open minded and not judge a person without first knowing the details of the situation.

We must become more understanding by realizing that people grow with time and that at the end of the day, what matters most is what they choose to do after the event.

CINDY HERNANDEZ is News Editor for The Vidette. She can be reached at vidette_cherna9@ilstu.eduFollow her on Twitter at @Cindylu_7 

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