So, why do we teach? I can't speak for all instructors, but I can answer for myself. I am a
part-time instructor who has been privileged to bring the joy of flying to students for nearly thirty-five years. In the first few years, flying was my sole source of income. But for much of my life,
money has been a small part of the equation. So, why do I continue?
Why fly in those small airplanes with their anemic performance in the summers, and their quite uncomfortable pre-flights in the winter? Why put up
with students who just can't find the centerline, who can't remember to keep the rudder and aileron in after touchdown, who can't manage to keep one indicator centered during an instrument approach, let alone two?
A couple of reasons, I think, and both of them revolve around what brings me satisfaction. First of all, we are all
basically social animals. With only few examples, humans are more satisfied being around other people than when by themselves. Granted, we all need to get away and be by ourselves from time to time, but
by and large, we are more comfortable with others than alone. And for many people that need is enlarged with a need to share with others. We like to share our experiences, our photos of our kids and
grandkids, and information on our hobbies. We all think that the objects and experiences that bring us joy will bring our friends some joy.