Many people have a past they aren’t proud of. We often wish to take back the hands of time and change some things, but life doesn’t work that way. The best thing to do is to make peace with it and move on. But sometimes, others can’t.
A man, whom we’ll call Frank, has been in a relationship with a woman named Sarah for three years, and he recently discovered something about her past. Unfortunately, his discovery led to his girlfriend losing his job, and now, things are headed for the rocks. Here’s what happened.
Sarah is a passionate teacher and has worked hard through the years to build her career and get to where she’s at now. But a while ago, Frank accidentally stumbled on some pictures from her past.
Now, Frank should have mentioned how he stumbled on these pictures. Did he go hunting for them, or did someone send them to him or tell him anything about Sarah’s past? We’ll never know.
Some pictures he saw showed Sarah in revealing clothes; in a few others, she was in the buff.
Frank never knew about this part of her past for the three years he had been with Sarah. He was shocked and asked her about the pictures, and Sarah explained.
The Truth And A Betrayal
Sarah didn’t deny any of the pictures Frank showed her. She explained to him she was a lingerie model before she got into teaching.
She also added that she stopped doing that because she was worried it would affect her future career. Plus, she thought Frank knew about it; however, she never told him.
Frank was so shocked, and he needed to talk to someone else about it. So, he spoke to a few friends, including one he knew was a gossip. He even went as far as showing them the pictures.
Anyone would understand Frank needed to talk to someone, especially with such a shocking discovery. However, one should confide in people they trust about severe matters like their relationship.
The gossip in the group told someone at Sarah’s school. From there, the school board got wind of it, and now, Sarah has lost her job for “unprofessional behavior.” That escalated quickly.
Sarah stopped being a lingerie model, hoping to avoid something like what happened. It affected her career. Frank made a mistake by telling someone he knew had a loud mouth. Now, his girlfriend received public humiliation for it.
Sarah blames him for ruining her career, and who else could she blame? The modeling career she let go of a long time ago? She maintains Frank should’ve kept silent about the whole thing instead of going around talking to his “friends” and betraying her trust.
Frank says he feels terrible about what happened and did not know it would escalate to this. However, he’s left wondering if he messed up his girlfriend’s life.
What People Think
Most people agree Frank is the one at fault. He knew he had someone who gossips in his friends’ group, but there were also suspicions that Frank might just be that gossip.
Someone mentions that more than anything, Frank knew that Sarah being a teacher meant that they held her to a different standard and that information getting out would jeopardize her and her teaching career, but he spewed his findings still.
Another individual agrees Frank is at fault and that he ruined Sarah’s career. Finally, a third person points out that it wasn’t Frank’s place in the first place to discuss such a thing with his friend or even share the pictures.
True that. Frank broke Sarah’s trust, and she has every right to blame him. Her past was no concern of his, and if it bothered him, he should have discussed it with her, not a bunch of friends, don’t you think?
What would you have done differently if you were in his shoes?
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