British and American fighter pilots didn’t have parachutes in WWI as they were considered cowardly. You don’t have to hold on to the past, as no choice made then is a choice that defines the one that should be made today. You are the maker of your own destiny and it may differ greatly from what is known so far.
There is no point in loyally following others around when your guts are burning and pointing in another direction. Give your own sensations a go instead of relying on anyone else’s.