What seemed like a flu, proved to be something far worse. 12-year-old Taylor Smith was all ready for High School. She then caught a cold one day and everything changed.
She had your usual symptoms: sore throat, and some aches in pains, particularly in her legs.
Taylor was not recovering like one normally would with a bout of the flu. So her parents took her in to see a doctor, but even he was unable to determine what was going on.
The parents tried nursing Taylor back to health. They fed her soup, ice cream, and medicines. It seemed by now she would be able to recover, or at least feel better. But it wasn’t the case.

January 5th, 2014 was the day that Taylor passed away, devastating her family and everyone around her. How could it be? It seemed as if she simply had a bad cold. Doctors would finally conclude that indeed it was a lung infection that caused an early life exit for Taylor.

As time passed, the family continued to mourn the loss of Taylor. They came across a box of letters Taylor had written, but had never sent. One letter in particular was addressed to herself.

The letter’s envelope specifically stated only for it to be opened by Taylor herself on April 13th, in the year 2023. Understanding that Taylor would never be there again to open the letter, the family went ahead and opened it.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

What a wonderful girl and what a super imaginative personality. Really great to see a letter like this despite the tragedy that exists. This letter has served to no doubt inspire the countless number of individuals who have read it online, for it serves as a wonderful example of one young girls creative imagination and zest for living in the moment while pondering the future.

Share this great personality with all of your friends and family and keep Taylor’s legacy alive!

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