I was talking with my counselor/assistance lady and at some point during the topic of how much I'd like people to be aware of the things I struggle with she asked me whether or not I can view a "me" as separate from the autism. And I hadn't really thought about it. I don't think it's very important, but it is interesting. While I gave the rather dull answer of "I think I'm just me", I did start to wonder if there were people out there with a distinct image of what parts of themselves are autistic and what parts are authentically them. Can you feel in yourself when you like something for a "you" reason or an autistic one?