But fret not for your life isn't done
Congratulations on being an adult
Dear lord I suggest you start filling that vault
Everyone else is shouting hip hip hooray
Fear not because I'm not going to ruin your day (much)
Good luck, good grades, good food, good life
Hopefully not painful jobs from 9 to 5
I’m going to have a little fun right now
J(<-o) loves J(o+), until both are lao
Kant was wise, that we know
Let’s hope you too continue to remain so
My gosh we are only half-way there
No I don’t mean it, please don’t despair
Obviously I was just pulling your leg
Please forgive me dearie, lest I beg
Quite honestly though please take care of yourself
Remember life is naught without good health
Stay creative, stay strong, stay cheerful and fun
Then you’ll forever shine as brightly as the sun
Understand that nothing can ever be perfect
Vent if you wish, but never leave it unchecked
Well looks like we are almost nearing the end
Xciting isn’t it, I deserve a hand
Yes I know I have a final thing to say,
Zai jian! And who can forget, happy birthday!
Note 1: Names have been omitted for anonymity.
Note 2: The bolded 'X' was intentional.
Note 3: Other words in italics are in Chinese.
No, I did not just send her the poem. I did a video of me rattling it off (and anxiously peaking at my laptop to make sure I got the order right) since each of us was supposed to do a personalised birthday video for her. (As usual, I was so late in sending mine in that it wasn't in the compilation. Still, it did reach her though! Saved me from further embarrassment by the rest too.) I didn't manage to memorise all the exact words although I made sure I kept the tempo similar if not identical to what is written above. Although it was much more work than just singing her a song, I can't think of a better time to show my appreciation to her (and subsequently, the rest of The Gang) for her boundless energy and enthusiasm in conjuring up wacky yet immensely fun to do birthdays for the rest of us.
Even though she probably won't see this, I'll still wish her a painless transition to adulthood and a perpetually smooth sailing and joyous ride for the rest of her life! <3~