You have a great attitude towards the end that all life must face. Like a paraplegics who come to terms with their predicament, we have to noice but to accept our situation and make the most of it. This is what should drive us to cram as much living into our life spans as possible.
Wealth is only a bad thing if it consumes one's life. Many wealthy people aren't wealthy because they sought wealth, but rather it is a side effect of their competitive success in life. Many entrepreneurs have attained tremendous success from focusing in areas which benefit others or use their wealth to benefit the planet and its inhabitants. The accumulation of material assets is akin to comfort food - sure it feels good but there is no benefit. To most it is a yardstick for success because that's how the media and their peers portray it.
I certainly do not admire people for their wealth but rather how they conduct theimselves in life. How they treat other creatures around them who share this marvelous planet. People who do selfless works everyday are my heroes - nurses, firemen, conservationists and the kid next door who stops his game of basketball to help his elderly neighbors carry in their groceries.
Why do people get face lifts, liposuction and breast implants? I believe they are people who are intolerant of the truth about life and will do anything in their power to create an illusion in which they can exist and not have to face their reality. Accepting aging and death and more importantly, being comfortable with it means humbling yourself , thus allowing you to be honest with yourself and more likely to live your life honestly.
My wife knows what my wishes are should I become terminally ill. I want to be taken to the mountains somewhere to die under an open sky with wind in my face, surrounded by beauty. I want her to remember me as the person I was living my life, doing what we both shared a passion for, not a disheveled person lying between four walls with a myriad hoses intersecting my veins. Though life for me may end there, life goes on in all its glory and it is enough for me that I had the honor of being a sentient part of it.