I took my Florida CWL class almost 4 years ago after I purchased my first handgun (a used Beretta PX4 Storm - nice gun). I cycled through a few carry weapons - first a Keltec PF-9, then a Stoeger Cougar, finally the Glock 43 I currently carry.
I learn best by reading, so I have accumulated magazine subscriptions, books, forum memberships (!), and email lists. I continually absorb how others think about and pursue all aspects of concealed carry. My closest friend acquired his WI concealed carry license before I obtained mine. He and I regularly talk about handguns, carrying, and the idea of whether we have become sheepdogs by carrying (I am pro, he is con).
I recently became part of our church’s Safety Team, but we’re “eyes and ears,” not security. Those of us who carry do it quietly, and I know of at least one pastor sho carries. Long before I became part of that team, I chose my seat in the sanctuary very carefully and keep my head on a swivel.
I know I have a long way to go before I reach the level of competence to which I aspire. I don’t yet have a clear plan with my wife about what to do and how to tell her, if and when the SHTF. I know that without that plan, she’ll balk at whatever I suggest to her that doesn’t fit her internal narrative at that moment. I also don’t have weapons staged in the house the way I want them to be staged. I sometimes neglect to take my firearm with me, if I will be unable to carry into a facility I need to visit (I teach, and so the building is off-limits). Sometimes it’s easier to think “it won’t happen…today.” At this point, it’s almost all a lack of equipment (car safe, furniture suitable for staging weapons, additional guns, etc.) than it is a mindset. Then again, there’s the conversation I need to have with my wife.
Like I said, in spite of my progress over the past four years, I have a long way to go.