As a young girl in Australia, Bindi Irwin, the daughter of famed crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, grew up around all kinds of exotic wildlife that her father taught her about:
She and her younger brother traveled the outback, learning about nature and conservation. When Bindi was only 8 years old, her father was killed while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef.
But that didn’t stop her from following in dad’s footsteps. Now 16, she appears to share his love for nature and wildlife:
She also shares his confidence and acute self-awareness. Bindi posted a poignant message on Instagram this week that stressed how important it is to accept yourself before seeking acceptance from others:
The message reads: “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
She also included this quote by young adult writer S. Westerfeld: “What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.”
When it comes to acceptance, Steve Irwin once said that it’s often easier to deal with animals rather than people: “Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.”
Bindi’s Instagram post echoes her father’s approach when it comes to dealing with people; accept yourself first and the rest will follow. We think the Crocodile Hunter would have been proud.