My life is busy, I'm always connected to email, phone, messengers, etc. I need river time to slow myself down and remember how to go with the flow of the world instead of charging hard all day every day. I love whitewater and the thrills of finding lines and punching waves, but I also need flatwater lazy floats with a beer in my hand and my feet on my cooler, oars dry and the water taking me where it wants, with no outside interruptions for a couple hours.
Then there's the family closeness, the memories of river trips and adventures had, the impact on my teenager's approach to the world. That ability to spend time together without outside interruption is worth all the work and money spent to get there.