My kung fu buddy Jason is going up for black belt in a couple months. We tested for brown belt together 3-1/2 years ago. He’s been ramping up his training the last few months in preparation. This morning I picked him up and we trained together for 3 hours, including an hour at a sparring class at our sister school.
Another schoolmate, who began training after me, is about to test for a rank above me, which made me want to test as well. Jealousy and competitiveness can be quite the motivator, after all.
About half way through sparring class I ran out of gas. I thought, it would be perfectly okay with me if she tested and I didn’t. I’d be okay with that.