JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

The family of a young Tennessee girl who unexpectedly passed away, found a heartwarming letter the girl sent to her future self.

Taylor Scout Smith, 12, died Sunday from complications with pneumonia, leaving behind a mom, dad, and older brother, WNCT reports.

"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.

Taylor's Mom and Dad have been going through boxes from her room, filled with poems, journals and letters of encouragement she'd written to people but hadn't given them yet. One of those letters was to someone who will never get to open it, a letter to 22-year-old Taylor.

The outside of the envelope read, "To be opened by Taylor Smith on April 13, 2023 only unless said otherwise."

The letter reads, "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…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 letter goes on with words of wisdom and advice beyond her twelve years.

The last line reads, "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, who grew up in a Christian home, even asked about her relationship with God - her family said they are not surprised by the young girl's testament.

"She's just a perfect example of what it is to love God and to love people," Smith said."She showed me how God loves, she didn't see anything on the exterior she only saw the inside and what was best about you."