You are, by nature, emotional. If you ever come to know of the bad things someone has been saying about you, you can not concentrate on the task that lies ahead of you.
But these are people you will come across throughout your life. Caring about what they say is only going to slow down your pace and will not affect them or make them feel guilty in any way. So, move on and go with the flow.
On hearing of a trip being planned, you are bound to get excited. But can you afford to take some time off your priorities to go trekking with friends?
Amidst the growth that you are witnessing, it may not be wise to let go of any opportunity ahead. Seek some local spot to meet up with loved ones because that will quench your thirst for bonding for the time being.