In the spring of 2013, a young girl named Taylor Smith wrote a letter to herself. It was one of those letters addressed to “future me.” Taylor made it clear that the letter was only to be opened and read 10 years from then, in April 2023. Little did she know, it would be opened less than a year later. Worst of all, it wasn’t her who read the letter. It was her parents.
On January 5, 2014, 12-year-old Taylor Smith passed away due to complications from pneumonia. Her parents, Marry and Tim, were tasked with the unenviable task of sorting through Taylor’s old belongings. It was a heart-wrenching task to do, but it must be done.
While sorting through their late daughter’s possessions, Mary and Tim discovered the mysterious envelope Taylor addressed to herself. Curious and emotional, the family opened the letter.
They were completely shocked by the note Taylor wrote to herself.
The letter reads:
How’s life? Life is pretty simple right now (10 years in your past). I know I’m late for you, but as I’m writing, this is early, so; congratulations on graduating high school! If you didn’t go back and keep trying. Get that degree! Are you (we) in college? If not, I understand. We do have pretty good reasoning, after all.
Don’t forget, it’s Allana’s 11th birthday today! Sheesh, 11 already? In my time, she just turned 1! I didn’t get to go to that party though, because I was in Cranks, Kentucky for my first mission trip. I’ve only been back for 6 days!
Speaking of, how’s your relationship with GOD? Have you prayed, worshipped, read the bible, or gone to serve the lord recently? If not, get up and do so NOW! I don’t care what point in our life we’re in right now, do it! He was mocked, beaten, tortured, and crucified for you! A sinless man, who never did you or any other person any wrong!
Now, have you gone on any more mission trips? Have you been out of the country yet? How about on a plane?
Is Doctor Who still on the air? If not, what regeneration did they end it with? You should go watch some Doctor Who! Later though, you gotta finish reading your own words of wisdom!
Do you have your own place yet? If we’re in college, what are we majoring in? Right now, I wanna be a lawyer.
Have you been to Dollywood recently? Right now, their newest attraction is the Wild Eagle. It’s so fun!
Also I think I’m going to sell my iPad and buy an iPad mini, Don’t forget to tell your kids that we’re older than the tablet! Attached I also have a drawing of an iPad, so you can show them.
Well, I think that’s all. But remember, it’s been 10 years since I wrote this. Stuff has happened, good and bad. That’s just how life works, and you have to go with it.
Sincerely, Taylor Smith
Mary and Tim were so touched by Taylor’s words to herself, they chose to post the letter to Facebook, where it has gone viral. They hope Taylor’s words will inspire others. It has.
Mary tells Today.com, “[We’ve gotten] letters from lots of parents who’ve said it’s encouraged them to love their kids and love each other.”
Taylor’s words are absolutely beautiful. She was taken from our world too soon, but her words will live on to inspire others. Taylor says it best, “Stuff has happened, good and bad. That’s just how life works, and you have to go with it.”