The Taylor Smith letter that is making headline news today has been posted online by the parents of a 12-year-old girl who died suddenly. The parents of Taylor Smith shared a letter that she wrote to herself to be opened in the year 2023, according to Time News on Jan. 13. Mary Ellen Smith and Tim Smith, of Johnson City, Tennessee, posted their daughter's letter online as inspiration for other parents.
Taylor’s parents found the letter in her room after she had died. They decided to post the letter online to remind parents just how precious every day is with their kids. Taylor lost her life suddenly to pneumonia and her mom and dad were touched by this letter the young girl had the insight to write. The insight wasn't about her pending death, but what she had expected to have accomplished in ten years.
She addressed the letter to herself, but 10 years into the future. On the sealed envelope she wrote, “To be opened by Taylor Smith on April 13, 2023. In the letter she asks her future self if “Dr. Who” is still popular and on the air, if she went to college, if she had ever been out of the country on a plane.
Taylor went on to ask if she still believes in God and she wonders what her college major was. Basically young Taylor Smith asked her future self if she had accomplished all she had wanted to by the time she was 22.
It was this part of the message that the family thought were words that everyone could live by:
“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.”
Taylor’s parents said they’ve already been contacted by parents telling them that the letter encourages them to love their kids and to love one another.
For 12-years-old, Taylor sounds so mature in this letter. She is what some Irish grandparents might call “an old soul,” someone with so much innate wisdom it is like they have lived before. Most kids at 12 are looking into the future as far as their next video came or trip to the mall. Taylor Smith sounds like she was a little girl who was way beyond her years with her thoughts.