it's just one of those things

it's just one of those things

It is an unexpected or random occurrence, especially a negative one, that one cannot predict or prevent. A: "I was so sorry to hear about your father's sudden passing." B: "Thank you. We're still in shock, but it's just one of those things." My mom broke her ankle a month before my wedding in Portugal. It was really unfortunate, but it's just one of those things.
See also: just, of, one, thing, those

It's just one of those things.

It is something that couldn't have been prevented.; It is an unfortunate thing caused by fate. I'm sorry, too. It's not your fault. It's just one of those things. I feel terrible that I didn't pass the bar exam. I guess it was just one of those things.
See also: just, of, one, thing, those
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It's just one of those things where you have to pinch yourself and just count your blessings.
As far as I know they were a really well-organised group, and it's just one of those things.
Of course it's frustrating I won't be able to play but it's just one of those things," said Steele.
It's just one of those things - when you're down things often go against you.
My wife has to jump through the same hoops as you for a UK visa and it's just one of those things that is what it is and if you don't like it, don't go to England, simple
It's just one of those things that happens when you get out there," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Pattinson, as saying.
I've never used marijuana and I don't intend to, but it's just one of those things that I think: This war on drugs just hasn't succeeded.
It's just one of those things but, hey, right now we've got a nice lead and hopefully we can get the four-and-a-half points we need.
I don't think it's unsettled anyone, it's just one of those things.
It's just one of those things, I thought I'd give the competition a go but never thought I'd win.
It's just one of those things where the manager figured out we work well together.
It's just one of those things that are impossible to get right everytime - like leaving a message on your telephone answering machine or sex.
Nothing, it's just one of those things that happen every day, all over the world.
Obviously the schedule thicKens up around Christmas and New Year so you liKe to thinK you would be bacK and available to help the team at that point, but it's just one of those things.
So it's disappointing we couldn't get that promotion and it's a shame we're not going to be playing them on a weekly basis, but it's just one of those things and we'll just try to put it right this season.