As I pondered what I could write about for my list of top five something, I decided that I wanted to write about something out of the ordinary. But everything I thought of seemed so bland and common, so I finally chose to write about my top five flights of stairs. Almost everyone at my school hates stairs. Every day I hear someone complaining about how awful the stairs are. These complaints irk me because I run cross country and the team usually runs four or five miles every morning, so my legs are sore when I start the school day. Nevertheless, I do not constantly whine about the endless stair-walking. I feel that stairs deserve more respect, so here is my list of my top five flights of stairs.
5. The stairs at school – These stairs definitely make my list of top five flights of stairs. Although there are actually two flights of stairs, I am combining them as one entry. These stairs make my list because they are a big part of my everyday life. Every school day, I go up and down these beloved stairs multiple times. They are a big part of my life because they give me good exercise and give me pathways to the classrooms that I love so much.
4. The stairway up to the Lincoln Memorial – These stairs come in at number four on my list not because of their length or their use, but because of their beauty. These stairs lead up to the magnificent statue of Abraham Lincoln, and looking down them, one can see the Washington Monument as well as its reflection in the Reflecting Pool.
3. The stairs in the Sears Tower (now known as Willis Tower) – Although I have never gone up the stairs in the Sears Tower, they still make my list because I really want to go up them. When I went to the Sears Tower, I got to ride up the elevator. However, I really, really wanted to take the stairs. Imagine how accomplished one would feel after climbing up about 100 flights of stairs.
2. My stairs at home to go upstairs – These stairs are very close to me. Every day, I use them to go to my room. The awesome red carpet on these stairs accentuates my house as well. These stairs are very close to me because my siblings and I used to play games on them all the time. We developed our own intense games to play, and I always enjoyed playing volleyball on those stairs as well.
1. The Sixteen Golden Stairs – Pikes Peak is a very tall mountain. A few years ago, when I was about thirteen years old, some members of my mother’s extended family went on a hike up Pikes Peak. After hiking for quite a few hours, we had made it most of the way up the mountain, and we had less than a mile to go. This is when we reached the Sixteen Golden Stairs. These are not actual stairs. They are switchbacks. A switchback is when a hiker turns a sharp corner and heads the other direction since he cannot hike straight up the mountain. The Sixteen Golden Stairs are my favorite flight of stairs because after I completed them, I was at the top of Pikes Peak. Being on top of Pikes Peak is a great feeling!
As these staircases show, stairs are a lot better than most people think they are. Stairs not only lead people to important places, but they also can give those people a sense of accomplishment when you finally reach the top. We should be thankful for the ability to get places using stairs. So go out today and conquer some stairs, and think about how much stairs really mean to you!