I climbed and I climbed, my feet carrying me nearer and nearer to heaven, As I arrived at the peak of the staircase, I felt my fears, anguish, and loneliness depart from my aching soul. I raised my head to peer into the eyes of the Lord, to enter the path of righteousness for all of eternity.
But what laid before me shocked me: No heavenly gates, angelic clouds, mystical creatures, or ethereal spirits. No. As my eyes opened and the daylight reflected off the world around me, it became clear that I was right where I had begun. I was home.
I tightened my laces, lifted my chin, and began to climb once again, in no particular direction.
I realized I was smiling.