“One day I woke up and looked in the mirror, and realized that I was no longer the person who I thought I was.”
Is this a line from a novel? Or, perhaps a thought which so many people have considered? Or even a universal realization which comes as no surprise to anyone. Who am I? Who are you?
Do such queries become satisfied by taking out one’s driver’s license and declaring, “Here. This satisfies the question. This proves it!” Yet, somehow, we all know that it doesn’t.
People who search for their family “tree”; the uptick of businesses which match one’s DNA to various geographical markers; the rummaging through old photo albums, cellar chests and basement hideaways which might reveal something more than the rat race of paying bills — we all seek relevance in a universe which considers identity to be besides the point. And when an event further diminishes one’s identity, what then?
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers whose identity has been inextricably tied to one’s job, position, career, etc., within the Federal government or Postal Service, filing for FERS Disability Retirement may be a traumatic but necessary next step. It is always difficult to part ways from one’s identity as a competent working-X; but it may be necessary, precisely because the medical condition no longer allows you to remain attached to that identity.
Contact an OPM Attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law, and consider the future and what identifiable identity you wish to pursue in the years to come.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire