We live for a time — perhaps as a child, or sometime in our youth — then move on. Later, perhaps someone refers to the city, town or county of those prior years, or you see a photograph of the place; what do we recall?
The memory of a prior experience, a place we once visited, a house we grew up in; despite the years which ensue, the knowledge that change occurs daily, and the realization that nothing ever stays the same: Yet, we remain stuck in another time. We go through life saying things like, “Oh, I should take you back there — it is such a quiet and peaceful place!” Or: “When I was growing up…”.
It is like going back to a reunion of sorts — likely, nostalgia for places once existed, results in disappointment, precisely because one’s memory, stuck in another time, never meets up to the expectation of perfection abstracted from an imperfect world.
Medical conditions have somewhat of a similar effect. We tend to walk about with the image of youth — of that vibrant, fearless individual who once walked this earth. Perhaps you once jumped out of planes in the military; or lifted weights, trekked through the woods for miles on end; ran, jumped, did marathons and always maintained your “fitness”.
Then, a medical condition hits. It becomes chronic. It progressively debilitates. Still, stuck in another time, what is one to do?
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 Federal or Postal job, consider filing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
For, being stuck in another time does not mean that you should remain in a place which is no longer compatible with the current conditions you face.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire