"The saplings of the sequoia are small, and thin, and frail. They’re tiny shoots of life with so much potential. But they don’t stay small. They have two options: grow, or die. When they grow, they grow mightily. They expand beyond what they could have imagined they were capable of. They do not ask for attention, but cannot be ignored. Their mere existence draws the eye. They do only what they were born to do, yet the very sight of them can snatch the breath straight from your lungs. Their beauty never wavers even if they are misshapen, or have chipped bark, or fallen limbs. Think of the homes and the shelters the sequoia provides for the creatures that surround it. Think of the way it sweeps the air with its branches, exchanging what is toxic for the air that allows for life. Think of how it sprinkles the ground with seeds, planting new life and protecting the growing trees among it. Think of how it is nicknamed “The Tree of Life”. Then remember how none of these things would have been possible if it had remained a sapling. A small, gentle, delicate sequoia cannot provide for the world around it - it must focus its attention on staying alive. A sapling can be crushed by a strong wind, but if it allows itself to grow, it will gain the strength that allows it to withstand fierce storms. The sequoia is a force to be reckoned with. The sequoia is a safe haven for a multitude of creatures. The sequoia is majestic. And so are you. " This shirt represents strength and resilience.