Left a Letter Addressed to her Future Self …That Continues to Inspire People


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The handwritten letter, dated on April 2013, was discovered by Taylor’s parents, Tim and Mary Allen Smith. Since then, it had garnered a positive response from the people her simple but heartwarming words touched.

The envelope reads,

“To be opened by Taylor Smith on: April 13, 2023 only! Unless said otherwise.”

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The contents of the letter is directed to Taylor’s 22-year-old self and playfully detailed her life as a 12-year-old. She asks if her favorite show, Doctor Who, is still on air and reminds her future self of her sister’s eleventh birthday.

Simple things for such an inspiring young girl.

Taylor also gives words of encouragement for college and the importance of establishing a relationship with God along with her own dreams of finding herself in this world.

You can check out the contents of the letter below.

Dear Taylor,

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.

Taylor Smith



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