Lots of interesting posts here already. For myself, ever since I was a young adult, I’ve had issues with having my back to a door. It just has always sent the creepies up and down my spine. It still does, to this day and I avoid having a door at my back. Of course, since the virus I don’t go anywhere but the store and the range (store has a gas station as well). I do travel a bit further than necessary to my chosen store brand, but that’s to avoid the ‘bad’ side of town, which is disturbingly near to my home. Hence, the gun on my desk that my pinky keeps bumping whist using the computer’s rodent.
As my medical condition progressed towards fully disabled, I found myself being much more aware of what was going on around me as I just couldn’t get out of the way in a hurry, no matter what the reason might be. Honestly though, until I started the learning process for CCW, I don’t know that I’d call it situational awareness, as I never really paid attention to the PEOPLE, just the proximity of vehicles.
This has changed dramatically though. Now I watch, listen, and make sure I have a good idea of where people are and what they are doing. My phone is in my pocket, not my hand. Even while shopping, I watch people and their actions.
I don’t want to ever draw my gun, but should it be necessary, I want enough warning to draw it before the bad guy reaches me. All that being said, I don’t automatically reach for my gun if I hear running behind me, I look, assess the situation, and then make any decision needed. After all, you for sure don’t want to draw down on some kid running to catch up with mom, you know?
For me, situational awareness is not only knowing when a threat is approaching, but knowing when someone approaching is NOT a threat.
Just my 0.02c