I took my old sailboat out the first time, had not sailed in 40 years and got stuck in a blow, a big one. I could not tack and I got closer and closer to the lee shore. Somehow I got out of the mess and I realized that I needed help.
Your experience was really great and most of us have experienced challenges. What happens if you would have lost your engine, a sail rips, you loose lines, you wrap your anchor around your keel...sometimes all this happens all at once.
Do not take this wrong but take the ASA101 and 103 courses, or at least spend some time out with an experienced sailor. This will give you the confidence to learn more and enjoy sailing and its challenges