Life is a special gift that was given to each and every one of us and no one knows exactly how long we’re going to be here, and that’s why it’s so important to live each and every day to the fullest. this mean, cherish your loved ones and find ways to seek joy in the smallest moments of your day-to-day lives. No story reminds us of this more than the story of Taylor Smith, a young girl whose life was cut short — but not before she left behind a message that proved she loved her life as much as she could while she was here.
After passing away from complications due to pneumonia, Taylor’s parents found something in her room that would be shocking for any grieving parent to see. Once they realized what it was, they were reminded just how amazing their daughter actually was — and how precious life is in general. See Taylor’s story below.
On January 5, 2014, Taylor died suddenly at the age of 12 from complications due to pneumonia.
Needless to say, the loss of Taylor was a devastating blow for this family. It took some time for her parents to be able to go through her things.
Unbeknownst to them, Taylor had written a letter to her college-aged self. Her parents found this letter after her untimely death. They made a very difficult decision and decided to open it.
Taylor wrote to herself because she, like all of us, assumed she’d have much longer than she actually did.
Taylor had written explicit instructions on the envelope.
But those instructions tragically no longer applied.
Taylor couldn’t open the letter herself, they decided to do it for her.
The letter is equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring, a reminder of how precious life is — and how suddenly we can lose it.
Here’s what Taylor wrote to herself.
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