Taylor Smith, a 12-year-old Tennessee girl, recently passed away, at which point a letter she had written to future self (to be opened in 2023) was unearthed.
Smith outlined some life goals in the April 2013 letter, with the instructions "To be opened by Taylor Smith on April 12, 2023 only (unless said otherwise)."
The letter stayed hidden for the rest of her life, which was cut tragically short.
Just a few months after writing the heartfelt message to her 2023 self, young Taylor passed away from complications after a sudden onset of pneumonia.
Her grieving parents found it while sorting through her possessions:
Warmed by the memories of their daughter, Tim and Mary Ellen Smith decided to post it online, in the hopes that it would give others some solace.
In the letter, Taylor wrote to her 22-year-old self like an old friend:
"I'm know I'm late to 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!"
She also implored the future Taylor Smith to remain a Christian, travel outside the country if possible and watch Doctor Who (if it was still on the air).
She closed with musings of what things were like in 2013, a description of the newest ride at Dollywood and a diagram of an iPad to show her kids.
"Don't forget to tell your kids we're older than the tablet!" she said.
Taylor's parents hope that the letter acts not just as a memento for them, but a time capsule to show the world of all the love, trust and hope in life.
"I can't physically resurrect her, I can't bring her back, but I'm so grateful people have been inspired by her story," her mother, Mary Ellen told Today.
Well said. R.I.P., and thank you for that, Taylor.