I've never outgrown my ambition to be a dashing spy, skilled in subterfuge and armed with neat espionage gear.
Last month, I watched all five years of "Alias", a TV show that ran from 2001-2006 and starred Jennifer Garner as secret agent Sydney Bristow. In every episode, Sydney broke into a secure location by picking door locks. It is a neat skill to have.
I'm proof that you're never too old to live your dreams. So... I studied and learned how to pick a lock. It's actually not hard. Once you grasp the concept, it just requires a little practice to get the feel of it.
Locks are interesting mechanical devices whose design hasn't changed in over a century. Once you understand how they work, it isn't difficult to defeat them. You just need two tools, a tension wrench and a pick.
I just bought those tools in a set suitable for secret agents -- they come concealed in a credit card! The credit card slides open to reveal the hidden tools. See the pictures below and note the name on the card.
Did you have any dreams as a child? Is it possible to achieve them now? Can you borrow some ice skates and win a local figure-skating competition?!