Some of you have probably already heard the story of Isaiah Austin. He played basketball at Baylor University and was expected to be chosen in last night’s NBA draft until he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome three days prior, a condition that affects the heart and prematurely ended his basketball career.
Three days before Austin’s childhood dream was about to come true, it was taken away from him. Simply devastating.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver did a wonderful thing last night by recognizing Austin during the draft with an honorary selection. The crowd gave the young man a standing ovation, and Austin was moved to tears. It was an emotional moment for all involved that you can watch here.
But what really stood out for me was Austin’s interview. When Jay Williams asked about Austin’s next step, he said, “I’m going to dream again.”
So many of our dreams get crushed. A marriage falls apart. A job lays you off. A business fails. An idea implodes. And too many of us give up. We call it quits. We stop dreaming.
Isaiah Austin was a kid who had his dream pulverized. And he’s choosing to dream again. If he can do it, so can we. If a lost dream has you paralyzed, it’s time to dream again.
Photo (Flickr CC) by Ken Bosma