Melody Shapiro, 67, “reflects on her life, her hopes, her failures and her dreams while exploring the magnificent waters and canyons of the Utah desert”:

“I still have dreams.

“Dreams are being able to stay in the flow of life.

“To be able to move through the challenges that will always be thrown at us.

“Not to shut down. To stay open to possibilities.

“Dreams are being able to nurture life, the unfolding of life, without hindering controlling or exploiting.

“It’s amazing to bring a life into this world. It’s scary. It’s joyful. It’s terrifying, it’s beautiful, it’s all of those things.

“I think we all have the mother inside of us. I think it’s an energy more than entity.

“And it has to do with the ability to love and nurture and protect life as a whole in all its forms.”

See the full short film here:

OF SOULS + WATER: THE MOTHER from NRS Films on Vimeo.

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Ryan Fliss

Ryan is The Dyrt's Managing Editor. With over 10 years writing and digital growth experience and even more experience in the outdoors, he is excited about The Dyrt's early growth and trajectory. Ryan, like most people, is an onion (figuratively speaking), and finds byline bios reductive, though useful. He is writing this himself in the third person, and--to him--it feels strange.