In fact, this is probably unrelated to the M9, or any specific gear. Once I'm hook on photography and have the desires to take better photos, I started seeing things differently in everyday life. With or without a camera in hand, my eyes are more alert to my surroundings, looking at things I normally would not have noticed, drawing an imaginary frameline within my sight, and most importantly, seeing beauty everywhere.
Just walking or driving to any place, I would often tell myself: "Oh look, that would be a great shot." I start to see light, shadows, composition, and angles... in some way I feel I've been half blind in my prior life. To actually take a photo is just a way to share that instance of time with others, and it's almost secondary because I know I'm seeing more, appreciating more, living a fuller life. For that, I'm thankful.
And now... some recent photos of my son: