I try to claim that life isn’t fair. That what I did/do wasn’t that bad. Denial is key, right?
Unfortunately it’s not. No matter how much we may want denial to work, it won’t. The reality of it is that you did make a mistake. You did make a wrong choice. You did have a lapse in judgement.
Running from the problem isn’t going to help anything. Take responsibility and own up to your mistakes; face the consequences. Everyone makes them.
Learn from them but don’t let your mistakes define you.