Every day we take risks, and we automatically do a risk assessment on them, often without consciously realising.
Should we pull out in front of that car? Can we get across the road before that bus comes? Do we have enough milk in the house to get through to the next supermarket shop? How far should we let our toddler get ahead of us on the footpath? Do we put the aircraft in for its 50-hour check on time or pretend we forgot to check the Tech Log? Do you leap off the side of a cliff with a small pack of silk on your back?
Clearly not every risk assessment we make is life-threatening. But managing risk in the aviation environment is an important skill to master and to constantly practise.