Head in the Sky
In recognition of this fact, schools and universities everywhere are trying to make courses "relevant", trying to get us to do ALL the work experience and make us into employable human beings, and generally preparing us for a life of practical white-collar tedium.
Now, if people want to spend their lives doing practical jobs, that's all fine and cool by me. Hell, I spent a week doing work experience at Selex ES, a defence company. (They mainly do surveillance, electronic countermeasures and electronic support measures - the last two of which save lives - rather than actually making tanks and things, which is how I can justify working for them.) For a defence company, it's actually really nice and has a tradition of recruiting and mentoring people. And everyone's very supportive, too, and the work's pretty interesting. If all goes well, I might even go back for a summer placement next year and try to keep my connections with them. Always useful.
Some people sit for hours watching TV or playing games. I do the same with research; every so often, I will get absolutely obsessed with learning about a certain area and forgo food and sleep just so I can read more. As someone who only needs books, nourishment and my forty winks (and the latter two are semi-optional) to survive, I'd probably make a half-decent academic.
I have my head in the clouds, in the sky, in the stars. And I'm proud.