If Lunch Timing Doesn't Look Right to You

This photo taken by a Box Luncher despite inferior lunch-break light. (It looks pretty amazing to me.)

This photo taken by a Box Luncher despite inferior lunch-break light. (It looks pretty amazing to me.)

Maybe the personal aspiration you long for the most simply can’t happen at lunch. You can’t surf. You can’t go fishing, or go to Florence. You can’t take photographs during the golden hour. But that doesn’t have to stop you from making your lunch break work for you.

Your Box Lunch Lifestyle is about “better” instead of perfect, and “real” instead of just wishing.

If you want to take photographs, you can have that camera in your hands and shoot something for 15 minutes even if the light isn’t magical. You can learn to speak Italian. You might even be able to tie flies during your lunch break.

Surfing? That’s a tougher one. Maybe your aspiration isn’t the Monday-through-Friday kind, so your lunch break pursuit will need to be just a little deeper down your list of “want to” options. Still, you’re eating better, and—just as importantly—you’re practicing the kind of showing-up-for-yourself discipline that can change everything. And when you see your runner-up dreams happening, then you’ll become the confident, motivated person who says, “I do stuff that matters to me. And now I’m a person who’s going to learn to surf.”