Girl Writes Letter to Future Self Before Dying, Inspires Us All
byKaitlin StanfordJan 14, 2014
The thing you should know about Taylor Smith is that she wasn't your typical 12-year-old. To hear her dad describe her, she was the kind of girl you wouldn't soon forget.
"She was random, she was smart. She was super funny and super fun," her dad, Tim, recently told WJHL-TV.
That's just part of why her sudden passing last week came with such profound shock and sadness for those who knew her. The other part has to do with what her parents found after she left.
Days after Taylor's sudden death from pneumonia, her parents started sorting through her belongings. It was there, tucked away among her things, that they found a letter. And it was clear right away that this wasn't just any letter.
By the looks of its envelope, its contents were pretty important.
As unimaginably heartbreaking as it was, the two parents decided to open it, and see what their Taylor wanted to badly to say to her future, 22-year-old, post-grad self.
“She liked doing quirky things and she liked doing meaningful things, she always created stuff,” Tim told Buzzfeed. “The fact that she wrote this letter wasn't a surprise, but what she wrote was.”
Here's how it began:
Among her many other wonderings? Whether or not Doctor Who is still on the air, if she's been to Dollywood recently, and if she still reads the Bible. Also, she reminded herself to let her kids know she's older than the tablet. (How ancient!)
But how she chose to sign off is what will really get you.
"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."
Never were truer words ever spoken by a 12-year-old. What a wise little soul.