Sometimes we can notice some things that may look a bit funny on first glance, but can have a deeper meaning than they first appear when we have a think about it. This photograph of the little child's helmet reflecting the surrounding world is one of those.
For a child the world may seem big and new. They are influenced by many things around them, usually their parents, family and friends who surround them most of the time. The broader community or neighborhood can't be ignored though; whether children live amongst nature or in built up areas, whether they come in contact with a broad array of people when they look around their world or whether they only see people who look like them and their family.
In some ways this child's bike helmet represents what children see as they ride along the street or in this case along the pier. It can be easy to forget that children, being like little sponges, are absorbing a whole lot of what seem at the time to be inconsequential actions and words.
It's often only years later when children share a memory that adults can realize just what children have taken in along the way. Sometimes what they absorb feels safe and comfortable and can be easily understood. But sometimes it might be hard to understand or misunderstood entirely. This can be scary for children. Perhaps these are the things that are underlying contributors to nightmares and anxiety for children.
Learning to see the world through the eyes of another, particularly children, can enrich our own lives in so many ways. It can help us to see the world and what happens in it in some new ways. It can help us appreciate the world that others inhabit, knowing that they may not experience it in exactly the same way as we do.