At 12 years old, what are your goals in life?
Well, for Taylor Smith from Johnson city Tennessee, it was very simple; enrolled in a college, travel outside the country, keep the presence of God in her life, and watch a lot of the television series Doctor Who.
She outlined these plans in a simple letter that she wrote to herself in April 2013 which was kept in her box with the instructions; to be opened only by Taylor Smith on April 12, 2023 (unless otherwise said).
The letter remained there, hidden for the rest of her life, as simply months after writing it; she died due to complications from pneumonia.
Her grief-stricken parents found the letter while going through her possessions. Fondly remembering the memories of their daughter, Tim and Mary Ellen Smith decided to post the letter online in the hope that it gave them some comfort.
Scroll down to read what Taylor mentioned to her 22-year-old 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
These are beautiful words from a little angel that was taken away from her family very early!