Ahahaha sorry for the suspense.
So, today I arrived half an hour late at work (I'm almost never late). This was on purpose, because I can only have access to the computers during my working hours and the opt-in system would be online 15 minutes after I normally leave. Both the boss and my senior coleague were already there, and did some jokes about being worried about me, because I have the reputation of always being the first to arrive in the morning. There are some rumours that I may sleep in there :p
After the jokes and pleasantries, they both turned back to their computers. I said "boss?", answered "yeah?" without looking back. I then announced, "I have an important comunication to make" - and then they both turned and looked at me with eyes wide open. "This money that the company is offering, I'm gonna take it. Well, there are some rules and it is not guaranteed, but if it works out, I'm taking it. I didn't say anything yesterday because I wanted to be sure, but yeah".
My boss is the type of quiet guy who doesn't speak a lot and think things deeply before he say the words. "So are you going to the private sector?" (our company is "kind of" part of the public sector). "Well, I don't have anything lined up yet, but I think this is a good oportunity". More silence and staring in the void from both of us.
Then I told them that I wanted to make sure that there's no misunderstanding and that my decision has nothing to do with the team itself. That in my years as a programmer, that was probably the best environment I ever worked in, and the most interesting topic to work with. But, I really am not sure that the company itself will survive the changes in the market that are happening. I am aware that there are some people there that are experts of international level in their fields, that are doing their best. "Like you", I said to my boss. But on the other side, I'm also aware that the company has problems, as we both know, and that there is also a number of people with a different kind of culture who are not working in the best direction. And it is not clear to me who is going to win. I think both will sink together. He agreed. He said he it's a pity that I'm going.
The cognitive dissonance on him was so much easier this way, I could see it in his eyes. Because in his mind I'm just taking the money and getting another job, maybe even other that is already there waiting for me. I'm very thankful to Bankai who made me realize yesterday that I don't really need to mention anything about retirement or any other crazy new concept. No need to make it any harder for them, nor for me.
He asked some more questions like if I was going to stay in this city after quitting. I answered that I will probably stay a couple of months to clear my thoughts and then move back to my rural property, where I also have family, because I have nobody here and no roots. I suspect he was thinking about hiring me as an independent contractor later.
So, no need to make any colleagues feel bad for themselves by saying "I'm retiring". It was quite easy in the end. Obviously they feel that in order to be so chill about what I'm going to do after quitting, I must be in a good position. So there was some talking about investments sprouting up, people asking some advice, etc.
Also, my senior colleague was feeling nervous today, as he told me, and I suspect he is considering doing the same (we didn't have time to talk about this without other people around). He has plans to immigrate to Canada, and it is not to far away for him. He also told me that the boss asked him about this some days ago, like "is it really happening?". Because he seems concerned with keeping the knowledge transmission and succession in the team. So it looks like my talk about this from some time ago really achieved the intended effect. I feel so good about all of this, it's about as perfect as I could possibly make it.
When the system started allowing to register interest in severance package, so I did, and then came home. I'll have more information about whether it was accepted by august 19. If it works for me, my last day at work will be in october. Thinking about the rules and possible loopholes, strategically speaking, I think my chances are high and their skill to intervene to try to block me from this are low. So far so good!