In 2009, I bought a used Pentax K100D Super DSLR that came with a DA 18-55mm kitlens. I added a DA 55-300mm telezoom and started taking photos.
The thing I love most about photography is the self-exploration. For me, it is first and foremost about looking at yourself, noticing your thoughts and feelings when you are in an environment that triggers your senses. Actually taking the shot is maybe only 2% of that whole process. To me it is also intricately related to traveling, being able to explore your universe, and discovering yourself.