Even though I earn my income mainly from software development, photography has been with me for a longer time that software development.
Photography is a process that is active pretty much all the time, regardless of whether I carry a camera or not. But it's more visible for people around me if I do have a camera. When I suddenly stop, walk back a few steps. Lean down, squint a bit. Then maybe just stand up again, catch up. Or, at other times, there is indeed an image there to be made.
When exposed to this behavior, a colleague of mine once said "wow, it must in fact be quite interesting being a photographer, seeing the world like that".
Yes, I think it is.