dodged bullet

Sometimes, we truly never know how lucky we are.

Particularly when we might be disappointed to have missed out on something, only to learn after the fact that it was something of a miracle we did.

As the saying goes, we "dodged a bullet".

This could be for something trivial, like being late for a concert owing to traffic, only to find out it was a real stinker, or having to cancel a trip, only to discover how terrible the weather was the whole time you would have been there.

In other cases, the bullet you dodged may have been an actual life or death situation.

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