'Its a stretch.' 'Shes trying to stretch her budget.' 'Stretch before you work out.' 'Can you stretch it a little bit longer?' Stretch is a funny word (particularly when you type or say it repeatedly - I had to double check my spelling and meaning after a few times), and applicable in so many ways.
I'm working through a physical problem currently, "plantar fasciitis". It hurts. Cursory stretching doesn't do the trick for the heel pain; thoughtful, deep, and multiple stretches per day are much more effective. The physical stretching has me thinking about internal stretching.
A couple of years ago I don't think walking The Camino would've entered my realm of possibility thinking. Too much of a stretch. I'm cracking myself up as I type, if you must know. I would've dismissed the idea as something other people do. The moment I felt that little spark of delight, of romantic wonder, of feeling the little tug of desire to walk The Camino I began to stretch internally in ways I hadn't before that imagined.
I believe in myself differently - many friends don't understand why I am going to do this, and why I want to walk for four or five weeks alone - and as humans we are very susceptible to the opinions of others; this reaction from others hasn't affected my thinking or desire. It seems like in a different time in my life their influence would've been much stronger.... Because I hadn't done any stretching.
So if you're reading this and you're on the fence about something that matters to you - stretch!