It is a positive thing to have goals; to set aside things, days, events, etc. to look forward to; to change up the monotony of daily living exercises and take a day off, go to visit a friend; but then the event, day, set-aside, etc., passes, and there is the letdown after.
Perhaps it is natural, or not; maybe it is to be expected. In either case, whether natural or meta-natural, the severity of the emotional letdown often reflects the gap between expectation and reality. For, isn’t that one of the foundational “keys” to happiness or discontent?
If our expectations are X and the reality which we encounter is also X, we are “happy”. If, on the other hand, our expectations are X but the reality we experience is Y, then the “gap” between our expectations and the reality we must face will result in an emotion of discontent.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who look forward to the Holidays, the weekend, the next respite — the letdown after is palpable. Why? Because any future stopgap measures fail to attend to the foundational problems which create the gap between expectations and reality — one’s medical condition.
Consider filing for and applying for Federal Disability Retirement, a benefit which is there to solve the problem of an incompatibility between your medical conditions and the positional duties you must perform in your Federal or Postal job. It is, in the end, the only solution for the letdown after.
Robert R. McGill,
Lawyer exclusively representing Federal and Postal employees to secure their Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.