The man climbed up the stairs smiling, taking them two at a time. The couple kept pace with each other as they walked down the stairs together.
A journey may be a climb upward with excitement and anticipation of reaching the top.
Or a slow walk down with knowledge of having reached one destination, now moving towards another one.
Ernest Hemingway said it well, when he wrote “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”