I dabbled in photgraphy for over 20 year. But it wasn't until I puchased my first digital camera, a 1.5MB Fujifilm 'something-or-other', that my faltering interest in photography was restarted. I bought a Canon 300D in Jan 03 and was blown away by the quality of images that can be achieved with a bit of knowledge, experience and luck.
Since then a succession of camera hardware has come and gone. But the theme still remains the same. Photography is a terrific way of looking at the world. If a photo makes you linger for more than a simple selfie shot would, then its done its job.