Stability is what we seek; yet, with stability comes habituation and a staid routine of repetitive boredom. Adventure, excitement and stimulation; these come at a price, and so we revert and remain in the cocoon of safety, daydreaming of that potential, other-worldly experience, but only if it can be attained under certain circumstances within our control.
That is the anomaly; change is often desired, but only with certain prescribed and proscribed stipulations within our control. Unfettered change is to enter into the unknown, and therefore unwanted.
That is why medical conditions which impact one’s daily life is unwanted; not only did we not ask for it, and not only is it a burdensome change which forces one to rethink the course of one’s future; it is an experience into the abyss of the unknown. It is an unwanted change precisely because it suddenly, and often irreversibly, mandates an alteration of course.
For the Federal and Postal Worker who suffers from a medical condition such that the medical condition prevents one from performing one or more of the essential elements of one’s positional duties, serious consideration should be given to file for Federal Disability Retirement benefits through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Whether under FERS or CSRS, Federal Disability Retirement is an employment benefit offered to all Federal and Postal employees.
In the midst of turmoil and change, it allows for a return to the landscape of stability by providing for a base annuity, and a change to engage a second, alternative vocation. Medical conditions are unwanted changes, and the control which one seeks within the turmoil of life is often found by attaining a further change beyond that unwanted one.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire