There is an abundance of quotes that express the importance of staying positive and having a good attitude in life. Some of those quotes are:
“Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.”
“Live life to the fullest and focus on the positive.”
“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.”
While these are great quotes to live by, one little girl’s letter to herself has shown the world what it means to stay positive even when you are faced with the worst in life. Twelve-year-old Taylor Smith sadly passed away from a sudden bout of pneumonia on January 5, 2014.
As to be expected, her parents were devastated, but they gained a little insight into their daughter’s positive personality when they discovered a note while going through her belongings. The front of the envelope said:
“To be opened by Taylor Smith on April 13, 2023, ONLY! (unless said otherwise)”
Their interest was piqued when they found the envelope and soon they were reading a letter that was written to Taylor and by Taylor. The letter, which had been written only nine months before her death, proved that Taylor was a happy and cheerful girl.
The long letter asks the future Taylor about her life in 2023. She asks herself if she is in college yet, and if she isn’t then she pushes her to get that degree, but if she’s not interested in college, that’s okay, she understands. She also goes on to congratulate herself on graduating from high school, as she would be 22-years-old when she opened the letter in 2023. And while Taylor appears to be her own cheerleader, she is also very accepting of herself and she says “if you decided not to go to college, it’s okay, I understand.” That is a pretty mature and bold statement for a twelve-year-old girl to make and it seems as if at a young age, Taylor was very accepting of herself, which is not a common trait in children that age.
Taylor also makes it clear that she had a great relationship with God and mentions that she missed a birthday party to go on a mission trip. She also tells her future self to get up and pray now, regardless of what point in life she is in. It’s clear that Taylor was dedicated to her faith, which may have contributed to her positive attitude in life.
The young girl goes on to ask her future self if certain hit shows are still on the air, like “Doctor Who,” and she talks about how she plans on selling her iPad and buy and iPand mini instead. We learn that Taylor had future plans of starting a family because she explains that she included a drawing of an iPad to show her future children.
It is not until the very end of the letter where we learn just how positive Taylor was, as she says…
“Well, that’s all. But remember it’s been ten years since I wrote this. Stuff has happened, good and bad. That’s just how life works, and you have to go with it.”
It’s unfortunate that such a positive little girl had to leave this world so early, but it is evident she enjoyed her time when she was here.
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