How Getting Stuck Behind A Slow Driver Taught One Person The Life Lesson Of 'Respecting The Invisible'

A normal day in traffic turned into a life-altering experience.

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On a day like any other day, one person’s commute to work offered them a chance to learn an invaluable lesson. Dr. M.A. Chaudhary made a Facebook post on June 11, 2023 titled “Respect the Invisible.” The post received 21,000 shares, showing just how deeply the story resonated with people.

He explained how getting stuck behind a slow driver taught the life lesson of ‘respecting the invisible.’

While driving to work, Chaudhary found himself behind a car “moving like a turtle.” The car ahead of him kept moving slowly, despite his “continuous honking.”


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“I was on [the] brink of losing my cool when I noticed the small sticker on the car’s rear,” Chaudhary wrote. The sticker on the car announced, “physically challenged, please be patient.”

“That changed everything,” Chaudhary stated, explaining that he grew calm and slowed his own driving down. He made it to work, recognizing that even though he was slightly late, everything was actually okay. “And then, it struck me,” he wrote. “Would I have been patient if there was no sticker?”

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The car’s sticker designated the driver as someone with very good reason to drive slowly, leading Chaudhary to ask himself the question, “Why do we need stickers to be patient with people?” He asked himself a follow-up question, wondering if “we [would] be more patient and kind with others if people had labels pasted on their foreheads?”

He realized that everyone experiences personal struggles, even if those difficulties aren’t public knowledge. Chaudhary imagined the various labels a person might wear that would explain what they’re going through, adding, “Labels like lost my job, fighting cancer, going through a bad divorce.”

He included other kinds of challenges like “suffering emotional abuse, [losing] a loved one, feeling worthless, financially messed up, and more.”

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Just because someone’s daily challenges might not be immediately visible, it doesn’t mean they’re any less valid.

“Everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about,” Chaudhary realized. “The least we can do is be patient and kind.”

He came to understand that “we don’t have to put people through the pressures of explaining... before we understand their pain.”

Chaudhary ended his post advising, “As you go through each passing day, always remember there’s an invisible label on everyone.” He extolled practicing the “simple virtue of patience” as a technique for navigating our way through the many invisible labels that we, as humans, carry.

Other people on Facebook apparently found Chaudhary’s post to be deeply resonant, as the story he relayed received 26,000 likes.


A majority of the responses that people posted exclaimed that the story was “very inspiring.” Various people shared their own invisible labels, including those battling illness, caring for sick relatives, and many other examples of grief and loss.

The story Chaudhary shared acts as a valuable example of how we can always try to understand what someone else is going through, and live our lives as fully empathetic people.

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Alexandra Blogier is a writer on YourTango's news and entertainment team. She covers celebrity gossip, pop culture analysis and all things to do with the entertainment industry.