Dean sets off on barefoot odyssey

Dean Shaw pictured at his home in Arbroath on Wednesday the first part of his walk around the world. He reckons the whole event will take about three years.
Dean Shaw pictured at his home in Arbroath on Wednesday the first part of his walk around the world. He reckons the whole event will take about three years.

AN ARBROATH man took a step into the unknown last week when he set off on his own personal odyssey.

Dean Shaw (22), a former pupil of Muirfield Primary and Arbroath High School set off on Friday to walk around the world, barefoot.

Dean hopes to use this life-altering trip to write a book, and in an admirable tradition he also hopes some good will come of his journey.

According to him, this has been a deep-seated need with him since his teens. He explained: “Throughout my life I had been ignoring and burying a feeling that I wanted to make the world a better place.

“But for some reason I always had a way to explain to myself why there was no way on earth that I could do anything, and that is just the way it has to be. It was if I had been taught to think this way.

“It was however always in the back of my mind. I had so many limiting thoughts and doubts about myself, often concerning money, time and even my own capability. Around this time I already knew that I wanted to travel and write a book.”

Dean believes his journey will take him around three years to complete, although he feels that putting a time limit on a life-changing experience would be limiting.

Having said that, Dean is already clear what he wants to do after he has come home and written his book.

He explained: “I want to start my own organisation with money I raise from my book, and help raise awareness of it as I travel.

“It will be a charity organisation, I’m sure I will find many worthwhile causes and contacts on my travels.”