The Letter This Deceased Girl Wrote to Her Future Self Will Give You Hope

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Taylor Smith passed away unexpectedly at the tender age of 12. When her parents found her future letter, addressed to her 22-year-old self, they shared it with the world.

Terrible things happen to wonderful people – it’s a way of the world, and yet, stories like these still shock us. Taylor Smith was 12 years old when she passed away shockingly due to complications of pneumonia. Her parents, Tim and Mary Ellen, had to sort through her belonging, something parents hope they never will have to do.

As Little Things reported, hiding in her possessions was a future letter written to her 22-year-old self with strict instructions to not open until she turned 22. Her parents opened the letter, if only to hear one more message from their sweet girl.

Here is the text of Taylor’s letter.

“Dear Taylor,

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, worshiped, 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”

This sweet girl was taken too soon, and our dearest thoughts are with her family.