Life is there for the taking. We can choose to take it, or leave it to float by as it will. If we have the confidence, we can reach out and grab it.Life is divided into four sections: birth, adolescence, maturity and old age. Writing from 'the final quarter', John Cairney looks over each section of his life and draws wisdom from the places he has been, the people he has met and the events he has experienced.He's been shot at (twice). Survived a hurricane at sea and an earthquake. He has taken risks and been derided as well as applauded. He is an extraordinary survivor. His attitude has been that 'life is there for the taking', and he has engaged with it passionately throughout his 84 years.The Importance of Being reveals the private, more reflective and unexpectedly philosophical side of a man better known for his public face in a long theatre, film and television career. Exploring notions of love and courage, interspersed with dry Glaswegian humour, this book will make you laugh and ponder the complexities of life at the same time.Nothing lasts forever, certainly not life itself. In these supposedly civilised and sophisticated times, no one appears to accept the moment for the present it is and revel in the free gift that is the day at hand.