On July 24, Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, turned 18 years old and marked the occasion by Instagramming a photo of herself as a baby with her mom and dad. Steve Irwin died in 2006 in a freak accident where a stingray barb punctured his chest, but Bindi has always been public about how his influence played a huge role in her life growing up.
The caption for the picture reads:
Hello lovelies. Well today marks 18 years of life for me, here in Australia and I really don't know where to begin in thanking so many people for an unforgettable journey so far. So I think that I'll start here, with this photograph. This photo was taken within the first year of my life. To be perfectly honest life has changed in a million ways since this photograph was taken. Along the way we gained another incredible part of our family, my brother Robert. Our conservation work with Wildlife Warriors took off around the world. Our home, Australia Zoo continued to expand and has become the greatest zoological facility on planet earth. Our Dad, Mum's soulmate and a superhero for us all, passed away. However, since this photo was taken, 18 years ago, one life ingredient has remained, unchanged, unbreakable. That is the unconditional love that is shared between my beautiful little family and the loyalty we have to eachother and everyone else who has taken this journey with us. I don't think that when this photo was taken even my beautiful parents could have known what life would evolve. I know that I am endlessly grateful for the love and light I have been given since Day 1 of my life.
That's a pretty powerful message, especially coming from a teenager. Bindi also posted a second Instagram where she's playing with a baby tiger.
The caption for that one reads:
....leading on from my last post, I have so much happiness in my heart for the journey to come. Being 18 and embarking upon my adult years, I can't predict what life will have in store for me. All I know is that I will try my very best to make a difference in this world with each moment that I'm given. Life is constantly evolving and I'm determined to find the light and love around every corner and share this with everyone who is a part of my story. Thank you so much to every single soul who took the time to read these last two posts, it means so much. I can't wait to see what is yet to come.
With Bindi so involved in wildlife conservation efforts, there's a lot to look forward to. Hopefully, she'll keep posting the cute pictures along the way.