Why am I here?

I am here because I want to tell my story and make sure what has happened to me doesn’t happen to anyone else. People have made me very aware of the dents in my unpolished armor and at points they left cracks with words that would leave scars if I took it to heart. I have tough skin, so to speak, and I can handle it. Dented as my armor may be, its still strong. But when it started happening to my friends, my armor was of no use. And then it happened to my brother. My Achilles’ heel had been struck and I was a wounded soldier on the battlefield, hurt in ways I didn’t think possible. That was the line that shouldn’t have ever been crossed. I thought I had it bad but my brother had it worse. He came home crying every day because of the things people said to him. I’m here because I don’t want people to feel the way I felt before; powerless, hurt, angry, frustrated, and scared. I had so many emotions welling up but I felt like I couldn’t do a thing about it. I am here to fight for my brother and others who can’t fight back in the few ways I can. As long as there are people who are different there will be people who don’t like it and will try to shame those different individuals. But at the very least, I want to put a dent in their armor and fight back. I’ve tried before but I was on my own and I unable to do anything by myself. The war felt so huge and I felt like a small soldier in comparison. Everyday was an uphill battle on a never ending mountain that I was forced to climb. At that point I was desperate for any help I could get my hands on. I got in contact with as many people as I possibly could get to listen. I knew I wanted to protect the people in my life. That brings me here I suppose. I know that I want to prevent anyone else from feeling as low as I had before and help them fight back. So, I’m here to sharpen the weapons of my words, repair and polish my armor, and be ready for the tanks and drones of those painfully sharp words that hurt the people I care about so much. I’m here to protect them, and others, with everything I have and I know What’s the Story? will help me win the war.


Melaina Bassette

9 Responses to “Why am I here?

  • Wow! Melaina, amazing job on this. When reading this paragraph, I could feel your emotion through wanting to fight for others. You care a lot about people and put them ahead of yourself. You are a protector and you willing to do anything for those who are about to experience the same hardship as you. I wonder what was the hardship you faced that making you join WTS? Is it something that bothers you a lot?

    • Thank you. I got pretty worried about how to phrase everything, but I tried my best. And yeah, it bothers me a lot. I had to coexist with people who saw me for something I was greater than. Not to say things such as ethnicity or religion or anything aren’t part of who we are, but its only part. We are greater than the sums of our parts. I hope that makes sense.

  • Melaina,
    This is so powerful. Your metaphor of being a wounded soldier and needing help on the battle. I think that you will find great support in What’s The Story and hopefully more help in your uphill battle. Your writing is beautiful and it really communicates what you are trying to say.

    • Thank you so much!! That is really reassuring to see, actually. I sometimes have a rather hard time saying what I need/want to say. I spent two days stressing over how to figure out how to say everything, haha!

  • This was so beautifully written, you are an amazing writer. You found a way in your writing to get your point across but also cause an affect on the reader. I agree with everything you said and you are so strong no matter what life throws at you. I’m so excited to get to know you better and to see what topics you come up with. No matter what you go through know that there is someone on your side and I really hope that everyone in WTS is one of those people. I really hope this program helps you share your feelings and knowledge in the way you want. I will say one more time you are an amazing writer and I look forward to getting to read more of your pieces.

  • Melaina,

    I love the metaphor you used throughout your post and, as best I can, I was able to read between the lines, or get past the armour, as it were, and have some inkling as to what you are referring to.

    But… I think you will have to get to the point where you can talk directly and in detail about what angers you, what hurts you, what hurts your brother — IF that’s a topic you want to pursue. This is a private blog — meaning it’s only visible to those with accounts — so know that we are supportive AND will keep what you discuss in confidence.

    I look forward to your exploration. Let me know how I can help.


    • Geoff,
      Thank you so much for the feedback!! I really really appreciate it. To be honest, the reason I wasn’t super specific was because I wasn’t sure how specific to be. I’ve had many encounters and I’m happy to share my stories and views but I was a bit unsure whether or not that would be appropriate for this particular post or if I should hold off and see what comes next. That is part of the reason I used the metaphor as much as I did. I’ll try to be more specific in my later blog posts. Again, I really do appreciate the feedback! It means a lot!! <3

  • Melania,
    Thank you for this wonderful and very honest blog post. I was drawn in by your use of metaphors and imagery. I am excited to see you develop this literary tactics as you work more with WTS, and as you begin to write more specific Blogposts. I think that everyone will benefit from knowing more of the specific elements of life that were difficult for you and your loved ones in order to better understand and empathize with your situation. Thank you for your writing and your vulnerability.


  • Hi Melania,

    I’m Emily and I’m a junior at Middlebury Union High School. I participated in What’s the Story? while in eighth and ninth grade (check out our documentary–Smashing Sexism–on youtube or go to our website smashingsexism.weebly.com!). Anyway, I’m so glad you’re interested in WtS. I can clearly tell that you like to express yourself through words and depict your pain creatively, and WtS will give you plenty of opportunities to do just that. I commend you for being honest.

    I will say, you’re figurative language is incredible, I feel like I do not know much about you. What do you like to do? What are you interested in? How’d you hear about What’s the Story? I’d really like to get to know you so I can be more helpful throughout the I-Search process.

    You’re more than welcome to email me (emilypecsok@gmail.com) if you have any questions or just wanna talk!

    I look forward to hearing more from you


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