Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Taylor Scout Smith’s Letter: Girl's Note to Future Self Found After She Dies Unexpectedly..

Taylor with her Mom at the beach.
Have you ever wondered if some children and adults for that matter have premonitions and get their affairs in order due to a gut instinct that their lives will be cut short? I do and after reading about Taylor on Facebook, I believe that this young girl experienced this phenomenon and wanted to leave her precious words to those who would be left behind.

Words spoken from the grave: Taylor's note was found by her parents as they were cleaning up her room after she died.

Taylor with her brother.
When 12-year-old Taylor Smith wrote a special letter to herself last spring, to be read in 10 years’ time, she didn’t know it would be opened before even a year had passed -- and that it wouldn’t be her eyes reading the words, because she would die unexpectedly.

Instead, her letter was opened by her parents after she died in early January. They posted the letter to Facebook, hoping Taylor’s words would inspire others, and it did.

12-Year-Old Girl Pens Letter To Future Self Before Sudden Death, Inspires Us To Live To The Fullest.

Taylor Scout Smith, of Johnson City, Tenn., died Jan. 5 of complications from pneumonia leaving behind her parents and older brother. She was a student at Liberty Bell Middle School, was active in her local youth ministry and was very faithful in her beliefs.

"If it's God's time, it's God's time, and he loved her more than we could ever love her. So much so that he said 'come on,'" her father Tim Smith stated. "A lot of people are probably wondering why it's so easy for a father whose just lost his daughter to say something like that, to not curse God, to not hate God, the only thing I can say is that right now it's easy for me to trust God because my baby girl trusted him."

Taylor with her Dad.
She tells her future self to 'get that college degree!' and that she wants to be a lawyer and reminds herself to go to church.

Though her untimely death devastated her family, they found comfort in her last letter and her inspiring words.

Here’s an excerpt from the letter left behind:

"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," she wrote to her future self. "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 Smith family says the letter, which they found in a box in her bedroom, is a perfect example of how Taylor lived her life. "Her dad said what made her so special was she had the wisdom of an adult but the faith of a child," Taylor's aunt, Kathy Oakes said.

The last line of Taylor's letter was especially heartwarming.
"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."

On the front, the letter read: “To be opened by Taylor Smith on April 13, 2023 only unless said otherwise.”  Her last letter inspired many with her profound wisdom.

The letter goes on with words of wisdom and advice to her future self and anyone who reads it today.

On Jan. 8, friends and family of 12-year-old gathered to celebrate her life.

“Initially it’s shock, and waves of depression, and hoping that it’s not real, and hoping that every time you take a nap or go to sleep you find out it wasn’t real,” Taylor’s dad Tim Smith said.

Thank you dear Taylor for leaving your personal legacy, to inspire so many others after your passing. We know you’re looking down from heaven smiling.

Nancy Burban 2014

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