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

January 10, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

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.

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