I wish I were always so virtuous.
Back in middle school/high school, I used to fabricate stories to get people to like and accept me--my sense of shame was higher than that of my self-worth, and I didn't think anyone actually accepted me for who I actually was. (It turned out that many did and that I didn't realize/internalize it--but that's another story.)
I eventually reached the conclusion that lying about such things is a short-term fix and that I ought to pursue long-term fixes. It's a lot more comfortable (and a lot less mentally jarring) to be able to face the world with a single persona whose experiences, deeds, virtues, values, and stories are actually aligned. In addition, it just feels to me to be the right thing to do.