One quote I chose was "Let go or be dragged." This kind of plays off the idea of how much stress we hold on to or how much weight we give to events of the past. Water, feathers, and the implied weigh the amount of wire used is one way to convey this.
Trying to fill in someone else's shoes is futile. The person will at best be a shadow of the one who shoes they are trying to fill. It is best to have new shoes (their own) rather than live in the shadow of another