As a Gen Z-er, I don't usually think about what I'm doing or why I'm doing it. I don't analyze my shopping pattern (there isn't anything to analyze) or question how my friends and I will impact the economy as we get older. Since I've started speaking at conferences and have been challenged to examine my choices and speak about my opinions as a member of that generation, that has started to change. Earlier this summer I went on a service trip with my school to the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana to help the Indians (yes, they told us to call them that). We spent just over a week on the reservation doing everything from serving food, to painting, to laying sod for an upcoming Pow Wow. It was an amazing experience which I'm pretty sure has changed my life. I guess I'll have to wait a few years to find out for sure. When I got back, my dad, who is a conference speaker and trend advisor himself, told me that was a typical Gen Z thing to do: Go for the experience rather than a material item or thing.
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