Kim Heechul, today you’ve lived 31 years on this earth and you’ve touched more lives than I think you even realize. There was a time in my life when my existence was a flatline, more monotonous than you can imagine. It turned out that all I needed was one flamboyant idol: loud and energetic, with an individual fashion sense, ridiculous dancing, and a face so pretty you claim it causes you problems in public. “Idol - a person or thing that is greatly admired, loved, or revered.” I will say that is what you are, but it’s more, too. It can confidently be said that there is no one on this planet like you, and underneath that bombastic, attention-stealing exterior, there is a heart of nothing less than pure gold.
Heenim, your “-nim” suffix is so deserved; you have never once been too scared to be yourself. I know you had trepidations about your value as an idol at first, but – how ridiculous. You work so hard, always striving to be even more, even better; you’re an invaluable member of Super Junior and you stand by your friends with a loyalty so fierce it could win wars. You, Kim Heenim, are honorable. You have my greatest respect and all my love, and all of ELF and Super Junior love you so dearly. You are irreplaceable. For this year as a 31-year-old, and for every year, month, day, minute to come, be happy, be proud. If humans can be perfect, you’ve done it.
Heechul – dangerous Cinderella, space big star, milky white skin Kim Heechul – from the bottom of my heart: thank you, and happy, happy birthday. ♡