These aren't the best picture of the total solar eclipse but it is mine.
Totality was out of this world. At 95%, the sky darkens all around the horizon. The sky is dark but shadows are sharp. Contrast is ramped up in your vision. Shadows started being distorted, and the temperature drops. Venus starts to appear in the sky.
Then, the Moon completely swallows the Sun up - and that's when the Sun shows its true brilliance with its corona. Jets of the solar corona shines magnificent in defiance of the Moon stealing his glow. The sky is dark with stars, and where the sun was there is now a hole in the sky! This was a scene that I heard and seen pictures about multiple times, but to experience it firsthand is a totally different encounter. Finally, the Diamond Rings appear, and thunderous applause fill the air while the moon exits the Sun and the sky brightens up again.
My eyes welled up at the sight of the total solar eclipse, and my heart was crying out loud - here it is! For how many years I've longed for this sight, reading and listening about the experience short of seeing it on my own. The hole in the sky, the alien landscape, Baily's Beads, Diamond Ring, Coronal Jets, it's like a fairytale come to life. In the vast emptiness of the Universe, three bodies formed a line with the correct spacing between one another, and I am heartily treated to the most amazing sight of the Solar System.
The Moon's shadow has left me, and I returned to daily life and its struggles. But the memory of that day still uplifts me and helps me to welcome equally that which delights and that which crushes. In the middle of darkness the Sun reveals its invincible corona, with temperatures of a million degrees and jets that dwarfs any planets or Earthly innovations. I shall persist, for I have now gained a burning determination as strong as the magnificent Sun.