Off The Record
Girl’s Letter To Her Future Self, Written Months Before She Passed Away
What most teenagers dream of is to hang around with many friends and enjoy life carelessly. Little 12-year-old girl Taylor Smith from Tennessee was no different. The girl spend her days with her family and friends, and loved watching Doctor Who.
Smith penned down her plans for her future self in April 2013. The letter was placed inside a box in her room with instruction “to be opened by Taylor Smith on April 12, 2023 only (unless said otherwise)“.
This letter came as a shock one day when her parents were checking her possessions. Unfortunately, Taylor died of complications from a sudden onset of pneumonia.
Her parents, Marry Ellen Smith and Tim were crushed, simply heartbroken. They just couldn’t accept the fact that their angel was gone, forever.
When they found the letter they got chills all over their bodies, and decided to share it online.
With the post uploaded by Marry Ellen, she wrote: “I can’t physically resurrect her, I can’t bring her back, but I’m so grateful people have been inspired by her story.”
Here’s what Taylor wrote to her future self:
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
Beautiful words written by the girl who was taken way too young…
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