Tennessee parents Tim and Mary Smith’s lives were torn apart when their 12-year-old daughter, Taylor Smith, suddenly succumbed to pneumonia complications. For months, the grieving parents felt burdened as they struggled to make sense of life. But everything changed the day they mustered up the strength to enter their daughter’s room again.

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The parents were sorting out Taylor’s possessions when they stumbled upon a “confidential” letter, which was addressed to Taylor’s own adult self and dated to be read 10 years into the future. The couple opened the mysterious letter, only to find the dreams and aspirations of their deceased daughter. You can read the raw, unedited contents of this time capsule letter below, but do grab some tissues before you do:

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“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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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! Atatched I also have a drawing of an iPad, so you can show them.

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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”

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Our hearts ache to think that all the wonderful possibilities in this letter were brutally cut short for Taylor. She was such a brilliant, creative and thoughtful kid. Her penmanship was amazing, and we can’t get over her cute iPad drawing that was meant to be for her kids. She had so much love in her heart and it’s unfair that she is gone so soon.

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For Tim and Mary Smith, Taylor’s letter is like a living part of her that is helping them cope with their loss and move on. The letter has also inspired parents across the world to live in the moment and love their kids for the beautiful souls that they are.

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While the Smiths would do anything to have their daughter back, they feel blessed to have such a heartwarming memento from their precious girl. Taylor’s self-confessed “words of wisdom” have immortalized her forever and she is undoubtedly a symbol of love, hope and faith for all. Rest in peace, sweet girl.

Click the video below to watch how Taylor’s special time capsule letter captured the essence of her sparkling soul.