This was originally inspired by the "Becoming a Black Belt" discussion. In another art I have an earned Black Belt which I value and try not to dishonor. Aikido is another matter:
In school the teacher taught, the student learned,
then took a test to prove it.
Sensei demonstrates endless variations.
Just what am I to learn?
I do not trust guesses,
particularly when they are made by me.
I started Aikido in 1994 to keep our landlord happy. He taught Aikido and paid his rent with testing fees. Now after 18 years of Fun With Aikido, in three different dojo, I am still a white belt.
Playing with Aikido is enjoyable and keeps me young. I have nothing to prove and do not require belt hunting.