Hello, everyone. I need your advice once again, since I know it's good stuff and every time I made a long-ass wall of text thread here at F12, I improved thanks to your help. This is probably my lamest thread until now, but please bear with me for a moment. I'm not in the best of moods right now and have no one to talk to about this. How important is to be promoted to the next belt for you? My blue belt exam is coming up in late november. Recently, I have been injured by a training partner who went all Paul Harris at me, and I don't know how much time I'll spend in the shelf. That, combined with the fact that there is a price to go through the belt test, is making me wonder if I should do this, in case I can make a quick enough return, which seems to be the case. My biggest doubt right now is, how important is to get the blue belt, or any next belt, for that reason? I'm mostly concerned about the long term. What would it do to me if I got the blue belt right now, instead of six months from now? Will getting the blue belt benefit my jiu jitsu? Will my training derail if I get it while not in my best condition? Would it be better to wait those six months and stay in the white belt? My teacher himself said it's just a matter of time to get the blue belt, and not much of a matter of skill, and that the most important part of it is that you'll have to improve by force, since you won't feel comfortable being tapped by whites. Of that part of the school dynamics, I feel concerned about, since my training partners, the ones who have started with me, will all get the blue, and I don't know if they will magically improve by having to deal with the responsibility of having to deal with the angry whites, and the purples who are closer to them now. I don't want to be the biggest fish at the smallest fish tank and be THE BESTEST WHITE BELT WINNER OF TOURNAMENTS, nor do I want to be the faixa azul that bosses children around and puts newbies in "their place" with knee on belly and guillotines and wise cracking. I want to be the best of all times, or as close to it as possible -- although I certainly haven't been putting the work for that -- or to put it better and in a less douchey way, I want to be the best I can be. Maybe I'm overthinking it, but I'm feeling cranky and pissed off right now with staying at home and looking at the ceiling. Another concern that I have is that I don't know how tomorrow will be. If everything goes right, I'll start college next year, and I have no idea of how could that possibly alter my training. It probably won't be anything dramatic, but I would be kidding myself if I said it won't be harder than the useless trade school thing I'm on right now. Some background: I am a white belt in BJJ, have been training for 1 year and 5 months, and the white belt who has been training for the longest time in my school, not counting a guy who had a motorcycle accident and had to stay for almost an year out due to injuries. I'm not very good, and my tournament record is quite lacking. Thanks once again.