Whether consciously or not, that is the question we ask of ourselves. Is there enough of me? Meaning: Is life worthwhile such that the “me” exists substantially to reach a level of happiness, contentment and joy?
The worker, the parent, the friend, the husband or wife — they are certainly part of every person’s role within society, but there is a separate, private “me” that is defined by the uniqueness of each individual. Perhaps the “me” part of one’s personhood is in the joy of reading; or of other hobbies and leisure activities, like hunting or fishing, or playing a game of cards, writing a short story, playing basketball, breeding dogs or just sitting in front of a fireplace with one’s dog.
These, and many other activities comprise a list of “me-things” which make for living in a society worthwhile. Is there enough of me? What balance within life’s daily grind and busy-ness would satisfy that question?
When the balance between work, obligations, responsibilities, mundane chores and sleep is disrupted such that there is not enough of “me” to be had, there is often the untold consequences of despair and depressive despondency. In Japan, there is a term for this — Karoshi. It literally means, “death by overwork”. It is a state of being where there is clearly not enough of “me” within the daily living and routine of a person.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition such that the medical condition prevents the Federal or Postal employee from performing one or more of the essential elements of one’s job, the overwhelming nature of trying to balance work, personal life and the medical condition itself will present the ultimate dilemma: If work cannot be accomplished, how will there be enough of me?
Filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management is a way of attempting to restore some balance in one’s life. Consult with an Attorney who specializes in FERS Disability Retirement Law; for, in the end, a life where one’s medical condition consumes every aspect of daily living because work itself becomes a constant struggle, is one where, clearly, there is not enough of “me”.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
FERS Disability Retirement Attorney