Twelve-year-old Taylor Smith died suddenly of pneumonia last spring, but that was after she left behind a wise and heartfelt letter ... to her future self.
"She had told me that she had written a letter to herself and that she was excited she was going to open it when she was older. ... It was definitely a reminder of who she was and who she had become." (Via NBC)
Taylor's parents found the letter in a sealed envelope marked, "Don't open until 4-13-23," 10 years after the letter was written. (Via Facebook / Tim Smith)
Instead, the parents chose to open it and share the little girl's touching two-page time capsule with the world. (Via Facebook / Tim Smith)
As read by her father, Tim Smith, the letter starts: "Dear Taylor, 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." (Via Youtube / Teleplanet)
She continued, encouraging herself to stay close to God and reminding herself of ambitions to become a lawyer someday. She finished the letter with wise words, and not just for a 12-year-old.
"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." (Via Facebook / Tim Smith)
TIM SMITH: "I'm more determined now to find out what God's will is. Right now you're even seeing a glimpse ... all the people who are being touched by what's going on. If even that changes the course of someone's life, I know Taylor would say it was worth it." (Via KJRH)