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Life will always be hard.

Hello hello hello! It’s Monday. I’m J.D. And this is Apex Money. My buddy Jim and I have been scouring the web to find the best money-related stories to share with you. And lots of other good stuff besides!

First up, here’s an article I personally found useful. Earlier this year, my doctor prescribed Wellbutrin to help with my depression and my ADHD. It’s helped. She’d still like me to find a therapist, though, which is a task I’ve put off since moving to Corvallis. This guide from National Public Radio seems like just the tool to prompt me action. Perhaps it’ll be useful to one of you too.

A step-by-step guide to finding a therapist. [NPR] — “Sometimes when we need it the most, therapy can feel out of reach. Tracking down a provider with availability who you like and can also afford is no easy feat…Here’s a guide to finding a therapist who can help you – taking both your mental health needs and your budget into account.”

Life will always be hard. [Money and Meaning] — “I’ve come to see that whatever pain life has given me, it was mine to carry, and hopefully transmute. As they say, karma. And that involves letting go. Using money as a way to safety, as a path to status, as a substitute for love works. Avoiding thinking about money as a way of escaping reality works too. It truly does. But only for so long. Doing any of this avoids finding intimacy with all of Life. And you can only avoid yourself for so long.”

A case study on the importance of taking charge of one’s own health. [Peter Attia] — “Perhaps the single most important message I can communicate is that each of us must take an active role in improving and preserving our health. If we are willing to take control and jump into the driver’s seat, we have far more power over our healthspan and lifespan than many believe.”

To close things out today, here’s a six-minute video that has nothing to do with money. It highlights a raven raised by humans that acts like a dog.

So fun. And funny. The older I get, the more I love the natural world around me…and the less special I think humans are. All of nature is mystical and magical and full of wonder. Humans are one tiny part of that.

Okay, enough wide-eyed optimism for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with more great stuff.