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A MINI Adventure

April 29th, 2015 Posted by Opinion Piece, Uncategorized 1 comment

Recently I have been feeling quite overwhelmed by the opportunities that had presented themselves to me (no pun intended). Life has been a rollercoaster, work has been manic, my church work has all come to a climax, my service work has required my undivided attention and in the process I have been struggling to stay afloat. In a moment of prayer, I felt so strongly that I needed to take a break, even just for a weekend, to learn to appreciate again the many blessings that I had and to be reminded that what was going on in my life was actually such a blessing and not a curse. The sad news was that I just couldn’t find a gap anywhere in my schedule… And so I stole THE most epic adventure EVER one Friday night!!

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One Friday afternoon I called up a few friends and we decided we were going to go on an adventure for the evening. We weren’t sure where the night would take us but we sure as hell knew that we all needed a break from this very serious life we had all been living. We wanted something new, something beautiful and a chance to just be away.

 

Sure as nuts we decided to take a drive out to one of the most beautiful parts of the Cape, Noordhoek. We had no idea what we would be doing there, and so the unexpected journey began.

 

Let’s just start by saying driving that Ou Kaapse Weg road during sunset in the brand new Mini Cooper we were in, was just absolutely spectacular. That was a beautiful getaway in and of itself. We arrived at Café Roux because we knew that they always have something awesome to showcase and on this night there was a band I had never heard of called John Wizards playing. They were, for lack of better words, strange, but I so enjoyed the sound… And little did I know they actually had quite a large following!

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Here is one of their songs called Muizenberg:

This one is a live performance of Lusaka By Night:

 

Anyway, after getting into the groove at Café Roux and having a completely overpriced burger, it was time to go and explore the area. We took a quick drive down the road and spotted what seemed to be an abandoned horse show-jumping ground. The stars were out, the moon was bright so the 4 of us jumped the rail, scurried through the dark field to find swings hanging from the trees. We swung in the dark, laughed, got dizzy, fell… And it was time to sit in the open field, fall back and look at the stars in the quiet night sky. My cousin, Sven, decided this wasn’t enough after a while and so the ghost stories began to flow… We laughed, got goose bumps, stared some more at the nights sky and all its beauty appreciating Gods creation until sanity kicked in and we realised that it was time we snapped back to reality and head home before we were found trespassing. I so hope the owner of the farm doesn’t read this – Sorry Mr farmer, your swings were great!

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We all piled back into the Mini and were on our way back home over those beautiful hills. The mood in the car was almost silent as we all looked in awe of how beautiful Cape Town was. It made me realise that in the rat race I had been living, I forgot to take a step back and see that in fact, my life is about far more than the successes of my work and that for me to truly find fruit in my work it is a necessity (and not a nice-to-have) to take a break and appreciate exactly where you are NOW instead of focusing on where you always think you still need to go. With all the violence we are seeing in our news, it is hard to sometimes recognise goodness and so it is important to TAKE goodness, for if we also spread hatred and sadness, where will people experience joy from?… Thank you to Hayely, Dwight and my cousin Sven for joining me on this epically unexpected journey. I am glad I got to share some joy with you! Let’s do it again soon.

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To Mini Auto Atlantic, if it weren’t for the car you guys gave me, this adventure would never have been inspired. The car is INCREDIBLE and one day I hope to not only have the honour of driving it, but of owning it. The new Mini Cooper is such a legend – I am in love!! It has all the bells and whistles, turbo-charged engine flashy lights, epic interior and more. You can check out these cool cats here: http://www.mini-autoatlantic.co.za

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Until my next post, ciao for now…

Danilo Acquisto on Schools

Don’t Get Comfortable – Things Are About To Change

July 8th, 2014 Posted by Opinion Piece 4 comments

The other day one of my Twitter followers asked me whether I was leaving Hectic Nine-9 because they saw a picture of me in the control room that was captioned “Danilo Acquisto is studio producing today #BehindTheScenes”  instead of presenting and this sparked a MUCH bigger debate and I thought it warranted a blog post…

I want to contextualise that this was not just an isolated incident. Let’s have a look at a conversation I had with a teen who attends church with me and is part of a program called Life Teen (of which I am a leader):

Me: So dude, I am very interested to know what it is that you want to do with your life after school?

 Him: Well I love music and sound so I was thinking of studying sound engineering and starting my own radio station… Who knows I could start the next Metro FM!

 Most of you must be thinking “well what’s wrong with that?! He sounds ambitious” so let me explain what the problem is here…

I have had the opportunity of chatting to SO many young people in my life and trust me when I say I get LOADS of different answers when I ask the question about their futures. But what always seems to surprise me is that very few young people in South Africa look to the future in order to set themselves up for success. The reason I am concerned about the guy from my church wanting to start a radio station is that by the time he gets to University and wants to start with the company (and which he has dedicated his time and many years of thought), technology would have moved so fast that by then we would all be listening to online radio – there would be no place for another radio station – imagine that disappointment. Think about how fast your phone has developed – the work place develops as fast and if you can’t keep up you will fall behind. The scary thing is that our schools don’t teach us that and we get sucked into the mindset of law, doctors, accountants etc and no one is looking to what is still to come. There is maturity in holding on for something greater that is to come.

So, why do I, Danilo Acquisto, choose to do production AND presenting for Hectic Nine-9?! The answer is simple – I know I still have a LONG way ahead of me in my working career and if I don’t keep up with where the industry is going and keep developing myself and learning new skills then I will miss the band wagon. Remember I started that small online magazine? The reason behind that was to pre-empt the move of traditional publication to the online space and to familiarise myself with how the online space operates so when it does become a trend, I know what I am doing and can keep up. Hence why I am now learning about production and working on a new company which will deal primarily with online video production… All because I KNOW that will be the future. If I chose to just be a presenter for normal TV, eventually I would have missed the trend and would need to catch up and learn about online which will take too much time. I rather choose to up skill myself now in preparation.

What’s the message here?

My message to you is to try and stop looking at what CURRENTLY exists and look to what WILL exist in the near future and begin asking the right questions at school and doing research on the future so that when that wave does crash, you are ready to ride it and make a success of yourself. Did you know that Google and Microsoft and many other big companies have a department solely dedicated to inventing the future?! How are YOU going to be a part of the future if you are young and choose to dwell on the present…

Online IS the future… It’s just up to you whether you choose to learn about it now or later when it is too late.

Here is a TEDTalk I found to encourage new innovative thinking in the present:

Anyway that’s enough ranting from me… I would love to hear some feedback. Please pop all your comments below. Maybe I am being too aggressive and naive? Let me know

Ciao for now,

Danilo Acquisto