Teen’s heartbreaking letter to her future self goes viral
The sudden death of 12-year-old Taylor Smith prompted her parents to share this intimate letter with the world.
When 12-year-old Taylor Smith wrote a letter to her future self dated 13 April 2023, she had no idea that it would be opened just a year after writing it or that it would not be her eyes reading the letter.

The Tennessee pre-teen who died suddenly of pneumonia, penned the letter to herself just a year before passing.

According to NY Daily News, the letter was to be open by Taylor herself in 10 years time, instead, it was opened by Taylor’s parents after she died. While cleaning up her room Smith’s parents found the note that opens with “Dear Taylor, How’s life? Life is pretty simple 10 years in your past,” CBS11 in Tennessee reported.

They posted the letter to Facebook, hoping Taylor’s words would inspire others to live their lives to the fullest.

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The envelope was marked "confidential," and for "Taylor's eyes only."

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“Congratulations on graduating high school, if you didn't, go back and keep trying, get that degree…Do you have your own place yet? If we're in college what are we majoring in? Right now I want to be a lawyer.”

It has. “[We’ve gotten] letters from lots of parents who’ve said it’s encouraged them to love their kids and love each other,” said Taylor’s mother, Mary Ellen Smith.

She also wanted to know if she’d been on a plane yet and if the show “Doctor Who” was still on the air. And she reminds herself to stay close to God.

“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,” wrote Taylor, who left behind an older brother along with her heartbroken parents.

The pre-teen shared her father’s faith, and in the note she urged her future self to go to church.

Taylor also had some words for her future kids. After contemplating the idea of selling her iPad and getting an iPad mini instead, she tells her future self to make sure she mentions to her kids that “We’re older than the tablet!” She included a drawing of an iPad for them to see.

“I just want people to know just what an awesome, awesome person she was,” her father, Tim Smith, told NBC’s Mike Taibbi.

Her mother said, “I can’t physically resurrect her, I can’t bring her back, but I’m so grateful people have been inspired by her story."

How would you want your kids to inspire others as their future selves?

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