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.”