The young are expected to engage in folly; middle age, of some peripheral insight; the old, of wisdom finally gained; and of deathbed conversions, a last gasp of regrets untold.
The imbalances in a world turned topsy-turvy impede upon an ordered universe: Today, the young are idolized and youth is the new god of sunlight; the middle-aged engage in nostalgia before their time, constantly striving to regain that which was lost by a mere filament of grey, and begin telling untruths about one’s age, shaving a year here, getting a botox injection merely to flatten the crease of a smile’s delay; and the aged are shuttered in corners where irrelevance was merely an afterthought, in roomful of arms outstretched in hopes that yoga will prolong the agony of an uncertain afterlife.
This is an age which has been deemed the “Cult of the Youth”, but more than that, where seriousness can scantily be found in this time of folly. We merely talk a lot. Our grandfathers once gave us the tidbit of wisdom: Talk is cheap. Yet, in this age of seriousness lost in a time of folly, we continue to merely talk especially because the price of doing something beyond talk is too great a burden to bear.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition such that the medical condition no longer allows the Federal or Postal worker to continue in one’s chosen career with the Federal Agency or the Postal Service, it is time to consider seriousness in a time of folly. The “folly” is the notion that things can continue as they have before; the “seriousness” is the decision to come to the realization that change is necessary and must now come about. The further question is: What form does the change come in, and how does one go about it?
Federal Disability Retirement is a benefit which should be considered when the folly overtakes and the seriousness must be faced. It is a long and arduous administrative process, full of bureaucratic pitfalls, and consultation and guidance by an experienced Attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law is a first step towards recognizing that seriousness in a time of folly is a consideration to embrace for a future yet uncertain.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
OPM Disability Retirement Lawyer