My brow furrowed as I pondered how rich ophthalmologists came to be almost as numerous as politicians accused of sexual harassment. This revelation regarding Marylanders’ wealth comes at a time when so many of my fellow citizens, politicians, and others openly criticize those who have reached the milestone of millionairehood. Many ophthalmologists are probably a bit embarrassed by the size of their bank accounts.
Driving through the Baltimore streets that evening, it occurred to me that, for ophthalmologists, financial milestones are simply a side effect of having a fun career, a comfortable salary, and not enough free time to spend our paychecks. While some of my ophthalmologist-friends are certainly gifted business people and entrepreneurs, the majority are just regular people, who through working and saving over decades have come to achieve financial security.
We are just regular people, I realized, who feel we are probably doing about average because we compare ourselves with other ophthalmologists and physicians in other specialties. While some rich people might be criticized for being greedy capitalists, we rich Marylander ophthalmologists are just accidental millionaires.
I pulled into my driveway.
“Good evening, sir,” greeted my trusted butler.
“Good evening, Bartholomew,” I replied. “I say, Bartholomew, you don’t think ophthalmologists are greedy capitalists, do you?”
“Absolutely not, sir!” he responded.
“We’re just regular folks, wouldn’t you say?”
“Absolutely, sir,” he replied.
I threw him the keys to the Rolls. “Don’t forget to wax it before putting it away.”