As a writer of romantic suspense I put my heroines through a lot of situations most people don't go through in their everyday life--thankfully!!! Lately I have had a heroine running for her life from hired assassins, being stalked, facing down the barrel of a gun, being swept away by a raging river, hanging on the side of a cliff, being hit over the head by an intruder, caught in a fire and on and on. I think you get the picture. A lot of bad things happen to my heroines.
In real life we don't usually deal with those kinds of situations and boy am I glad we don't. It's fun in my imagination, but it wouldn't be in real life. However, ordinary people do face a different kind of suspense in their lives. Right now I'm waiting on pins and needles (don't you love that cliche) for the birth of my granddaughter. It used to be one of the things that was suspenseful in childbirth was the sex of the baby. Not anymore. If the parents chose, they know early in the pregnancy if it is going to be a boy or girl. I know there are occasionally mistakes made but not usually. However, childbirth is still filled with suspense. Will everything go all right? Will the baby be all right?
What are some suspenseful things you've encountered in your life lately?