As I listened to them, I had a realization. We writers have it easy.
When our best work goes out to the world, the nerves we may be feeling don't impact the performance of the book. If we have a memory lapse, the word is still written. What the audience gets is our very best and every single reading is precisely and perfectly how we intended it to be.
I'm a classical music lover - have a currently three page typed document of my favorite classical works. But I heard an interesting thing from YoYo Ma a while ago (paraphrasing) - Audiences are becoming disenfranchised with live performances in some ways because they aren't perfect. Someone is going to make a mistake - someone always does. And the audiences have heard the recorded, carefully dubbed, replayed and perfected tracks so often that they miss out on the feeling because live isn't perfect.
How fortunate are we that when our writing is out there, it is what it is. And the only thing standing in our way is ourselves. Sure, the idea of perfection that we are working for ourselves is evolving, but attainable through dedication and passion.
What is it that makes you happy your creativity can come out in words? How to you find time to celebrate the life that is a writer?