Taylor Smith Letter: Girl’s Letter to Future Self Found by Parents After She Dies

The Taylor Smith letter is going viral. It was found by the parents of the 12-year-old who died from pneumonia.

Taylor, a student at Liberty Bell Middle School in Johnson City, TN wrote a letter to her future self.

Tim Smith and his wife Ellen found the letter while going through Taylor’s belongings following Taylor’s death over the weekend.

The boxes were also filled with poems, journals, and letters of encouragement she had written to people but hadn’t yet given them, reported WJHL-TV.

One of the letters said on it: ”To be opened by Taylor Smith on April 13, 2023 only unless said otherwise.”

The letter begins: ”Dear Taylor, how’s life? Life is pretty simple 10 years in your past, I know I’m late for you, but I’m writing this early, so 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.”

The letter includes advice to her future self and questions such as whether “Dr. Who” was still on the air.

It ends with: ”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.”

Tim Smith said that Smith has “touched people’s lives in ways that are unbelievable,” and that he is inspired by her example.

  • justme

    my new HERO

  • http://www.dailymotion.com/MMOGaming GMAlonzo

    I don’t get it. She died, why would she write a letter about her future, if she isn’t going to be here in the future. Unless the resurrection happens in 2023, don’t see the point in the letter.
    Sad she died at such a young age though :(

    • Wade

      The article said they found it when they were going through her stuff. My guess is that she wrote it before she got sick. Pneumonia is not something you get that you live with for a long time. I would say maybe a few months tops. I’m sure she never expected something like this to happen to her.

      • http://www.dailymotion.com/MMOGaming GMAlonzo

        oh i see. that makes it even more sad.:(
        wish i had the power to bring that girl back to life. Well when the resurrection does happen, we all can see our loves ones again :)

        • Ryan McNeal

          lol “resurrection”. keep your crazy fictional religious beliefs to yourself.

          • http://www.dailymotion.com/MMOGaming GMAlonzo

            You think believing in what GOD said is fake and crazy?
            No i won’t keep it to myself . If you don’t like what i said to bring comfort to those in mourning, don’t bothered saying anything at all.
            You can laugh all you want, deny all you want, one day we all will
            bow down to our creator.

          • The Truth

            I agree with GMAlonzo. I don’t get why Ryan McNeal is so intent upon telling us our beliefs are wrong. Doesn’t he have something better to do than belittle others? Well Ryan…..I must ask you a question. If the Christian dogma really is nothing but a “crazy, fictional, religious belief,” than explain why every human being is born with an innate moral consciousness/standard. What I mean to say is that we are never really intentionally “taught” what is good/right and what is bad/wrong. For example, you are never taught by your parents that killing people is wrong. You just know that this is not appropriate behavior. Many people will claim “Oh, society makes the rules that we follow or forms beliefs and those beliefs are subjective,” but that isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, it is that latter. Moral obligation is actually objective. It is a fact that we as human beings were put on this Earth to do good. To believe that moral obligation is not objective is to believe that all our decisions are based on wants and desires alone. That’s like saying that we shouldn’t be obliged to help those less fortunate, but that we only do so because we personally want to. This also supports the notion that we evolved from nothing but purposeless matter, which isn’t the case. Every human being has a purpose.

          • The Truth

            Or consider the beauty of nature. Have you ever looked at a snowflake before? Really observed one up close? You will notice symmetry in each snowflake design just as you will notice geometry. And each snowflake is different in pattern. Now, the presence of symmetry alone points to some kind of designer. Think of architecture. When you go out and look at a building, you see handiwork like that all the time. Now you are seeing it in nature. How do you think that snowflake got that way? By chance? Alignment of molecules? Of course not. That sort of genius points to a designer. A designer not of this physical world! (GOD.) Still not convinced? Think of it another way. Look at the Earth. How did it get here? Many claim that the Earth was formed by a fusion of molecules during the Big Bang, but what CAUSED that bang? Either way you spin it, there are still so many things that science can’t explained that become so much clearer when one embraces God and learns to accept Him. Take a watch for example. If I see a watch on someone’s arm and it is ticking and I wonder how it was created, I can assume that it’s existence is traced back to some kind of designer…..a watchmaker. So if this Earth exists and I can see it with space imagery, I can assume that it, too, is the product of a designer.

          • nothanks

            And I don’t get why those heavily devout to their “faith” are so intent on telling everyone else we are so wrong and will burn in hell for it. Really? C’mon. Freedom of expression is a two way street, fellas. Besides, all of your GOD and creator stuff you tried to use as ‘evidence’ up there has already been thoroughly explained through science.

            Formation of snowflakes:
            Jeez, if you can’t look this stuff up yourself there’s no hope for you or anybody alike.

            The Big Bang did not create Earth. This big floating rock came long after it. The planet wasn’t even remotely capable of forming until our sun was born. “And let there be light”, yes, it’s been scientifically established how suns are born to create solar systems. You are aware that the Milkyway is not the only solar system out there, right? I mean, we have photos of other ones. The nearest neighboring solar system is on a collision course with ours. Was that by design? I hope not. Pretty poor planning if you asked me. It’s science, not the majestic design of a non-physical being.

            Speaking of which, is it not true your good book of Genesis 1:27 it states, “So God created mankind in his own image…” If this is the case then God is one messed up dude. We are not a very impressive species. Sure, there are some wonderful, astonishing, brilliant people out there, but the vast majority is a bunch of primitive shmucks that can’t get along with one another. Don’t even get me started on some of the sick, nasty, perverse things mankind does to each other – or other animals. If we’re the image of God, that’s one creature I definitely do not want to praise or worship.

          • Tony

            Ryan = Idiot

          • scneocon

            You’re in for one Hell of a surprise.

          • Barbara Beal

            Ryan the one thing that I’m gonna say to you about this is Jesus loves you. I pray for you and hope one day you will come to the light.

    • Meredith Whaley

      She wrote the letter last year on her 12th birthday to be read on her 22nd birthday. She was sick and treated for the flu on Friday and died early Sunday morning @ home. Pneumonia was discovered after she died. She was only sick for a few days.

    • Granite Skyline

      Read, then comment.

  • Dan M.

    She must have known something was wrong when she didn’t receive a reply from her future self.

    • Meredith Whaley

      A 12 year old girl is dead and you make jokes? Wow.

    • D.A, M

      Your statement here has to be one of the most disgusting comments I have ever ready. A child dies, her family is in mourning and you want to joke about the girl by by stating “she didn’t receive a reply from her future self?” You sir are an ignorant person and remember the Karma has a way of coming back on those just like you

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  • Granite Skyline

    it’s almost as if she knew she was going to die.

    • HeyJude

      That struck me, too. What an exceptional young girl, who does that at such a young age? What a loss for those parents, can’t even imagine.

  • konspikuous


    • HeyJude

      Now I’ve followed you here, I’ll get you ANOTHER cup. :-) Lots of bittersweet this morning, huh?