One of the last things I did before the pandemic hit and I took a hiatus from flying was get my IFR. My checkride was ugly, but I think I passed on the pity principle because I had dealt with some problems prior to the ride - funny story if anybody wants to hear it. Anyway I did a couple of flights after my checkride with another pilot to try and maintain currency, and then the opportunity I had to actually use the rating I scrubbed my flight and drove 2 hours to see the friend I was going to go see. I really did not feel confident in my IFR flight capabilities. When I was doing the rating I managed to log a couple of hours of actual IMC with my instructor and I never really felt comfortable. I don't know if it was lack of security in my own abilities as an instrument pilot, lack of comfort flying in IMC in a single engine aircraft, or a mixture of the above. Any tips on becoming more confident as an instrument pilot so that I can actually make use of my rating, or is there anybody else out there that treated it as, "wow that was a great learning experience and I'm glad I did it, but I think I'll stick to VFR thanks."