As I read through some of the threads I've come across a subject that catches my attention. Some ask the question "How can I avoid becoming a CFI and still build time?". It seems that some people view the job as a last resort. Statements like I'd rather tow banners, do traffic watch, pipeline etc. are made out to be great jobs. I, for one, really enjoy flight instructing and all that I learn about myself and students. Though I've never towed a banner, it has to get BORING all by your lonesome. I don't view any of these jobs(cfi or otherwise) as just timebuilding. I truly enjoy meeting, teaching and getting to know who I'll be sharing the skies with. Remember the "grass" is always greener no matter what. At this level we are all professionals no matter if you fly a 777 or 172. Stop once in a while, think about it and enjoy the ride.