Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Whether you were out today barbecuing with family and friends, or stuck working, today's holiday means something different to us all.
The difference in perspective between people can often be explained by the difference in age between them.
"You know, I'd rather be out with family and friends," said Christoper Taylor, an 18-year-old high school student working as a life guard at Columbia's Maxcy Gregg Pool.
Taylor said while he was working a shift from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., much of his family was barbecuing.
"I feel happy that they're enjoying their day, you know, having a good time," Taylor said. "but also it's a bad feeling because I would rather be enjoying my day."
But down the street at Five Points restaurant "Yesterday's," owner Scotty MacRae was hard at work serving a steady flow of patrons.
"Feels great, just another day. it's fun to be here, it's great that we're here," said MacRae.
He said that while it would be nice to be spending time away from working, his business requires his attention.
"Just another day at the office," MacRae said.
The Columbia International University Director of Business and Organizational Leadership Program said that the origins of the holiday were rooted in the enjoyment of life.
"Work is not just for the sake of working itself," said Dean. "it's about the quality of life. It's about the strength of our families. It's about contributing to our communities and building that."