There’s an up button and a down button but they don’t really mean what they say.
It’s a preliminary test, to assess your state of mind.
(They’ll tell you in secretive tones that up is always better than down, but that’s not at all true.)
Once an elevator decides to let you in, the direction it goes is always personalized for the rider.
But you have to know where you want to go.
If you don’t know, the elevator won’t move.
This part can be intimidating.
Many choose the stairs for fear of ending up in an immobile elevator.
(The trick is: you don’t have to be certain about your destination, you just have to have an idea.
And you can always try again.)
About flax-golden tales. Photo by Carey Farrell. Text by Erin Morgenstern.