“To be, or not to be: that is the question”
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.–Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d!”
My take on taking the badge.
It’s not for everybody, that’s for sure, you have to do some soul searching and do one of those pro and con charts and go from there.
Some questions to ask yourself.
What is more important to me. My family time or their future?
The younger your children are the more important your time at home will be. The important days your young children see and remember will only come once, this will be more regrettable to you. If your children are older, the least this will matter as they will be better equipped to understand why you can’t be there.
Can I do all the bouncing around?
This will be a hard one, depending on how much time you have left on the job, this could be a deal breaker. If you are lucky at best you will opt for a position or a group that will keep you in a steady shift for most of your year, but come winter you will be asked to do some crazy bouncing around, and it will be like this for the rest of your career no matter how much seniority you have accumulated.
This one I think also will be dependent on the individual and the way he/she sees life, their and their family members physical condition(s) and your life goals. For one retiring as an officer will see more money at months end but 831 has better benefits, pick your poison. Either way both will have a decent pension.
Your decision should be based on “Could I do the job and deal with the nonsense that goes with it?” not on the retirement/pension part of it, which is important but when all is figured in, you having your sanity and health at the end of your career to enjoy the benefits of that hard work will be the most important thing to consider.
Note: Do not take job because Joe Blow told you to take, everybody is different and their dealings are or was different than yours and taking the badge and keeping it will be a life changer anyway you put it.
For most of the Guys/Girls making the decision to take the badge will involve the family. Young children and your better half will be or at least should be included in the equation and their input should be included in your final decision. Their needs should be considered seriously but the final decision should be yours.
Remember “You and only You” will be doing the job and they will be instrumental in your success when coping on the intricacies that might pop up in some of the situations you will be put in(Bouncing). The last thing you need is to be taking care of people that need you and you are not 100% up to it(Sleepy or Exhausted).
In Loving Memory
Joseph R Cazzalino, Sr. Retired Supervisor QW09